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Real cheers, real emotion and real players make this draft show better


SECAUCUS, N.J. — Darryl Strawberry was sitting in a high school classroom in Los Angeles when he found out the Mets drafted him first overall.

Dominic Smith was in front of a lively studio audience.

I don’t know if the Mets are making progress. But maybe the draft finally is.

I don’t know if Dominic Smith can save the Mets, or if his buddy J.P. Crawford can save the Phillies. But maybe they helped save the draft.

“This is what we hamier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. “I’d say there are at least six teams in contention,” he told Sky Sportsd in mind,” commissioner Bud Selig said, in between announcing picks.

For years, baseball treated the draft as if no one cared about it, and few did. It didn’t get all that much better when the draft was first televised, or when it was moved to prime time.

Two years being sold.With 155 goals between them since their partnership was first struck up on Merseyside in 2017, the prolific pair would have no shortage of suitors were they to be made available for transfer.“Well Real Madrid already have Eden Hazard, tago, only one player agreed to show up, and he wasn’t an early pick. Producers had to beg the hand-picked “fans” to cheer each and every announcement.

Thursday night, there were real cheers. There was real emotion. There were real players.

“I can’t stop shaking,” Smith said a few moments after the Mets made him the 11th overall pick.

The baseball draft is never going to be the , or the . Too many things are different, from the relative anonymity of most of the players picked to the reality that most will spend several years in the minor leagues before they’re really heard from again.

But in a game where the youngest players are becoming the biggest stars, baseball needs young and enthusiastic personalities. It needs kids like Smith, who heard that MLB was inviting some prospects to come to New Jersey for the draft, and turned to his father and said, “Dad, I’m going to be in the studio.”

It needs kids like Clint Frazier, the outfielder from Georgia who the Indians took with the fifth pick.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me I ceenager Bukayo Saka made history in the Manchester United-Arsenal rivalry.He was the youngest ever player to start a game between these historic rivals.The Gunners academy graduate started the clash at Old Trafford on Monday night, which ended in a 1ould become a fan favorite because of my red hair,” said Frazier, who also attended the draft. “I’m very confident. I think I’m outgoing.

“Hopefully, people like that.”

Of the nine prospects who agreed to attend the draft, Frazier was the first to be chosen. But eight of the nine went in the first round, helping make this draft show easily the best one baseball has put on yet.

Strawberry was the first pick overall in 1980. He said when he was pulled out of class and told the Mets had drafted him, he said, “Where’s that?”

Smith spent the day before the draft touring New York.

“New York looks more beautiful every time I see it,” he said.

The draft looks better as a show than it did before, too.

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DH in one of the two games at Phigrets over his time at Old Trafford.United’s cup double and second placed finish in 2016 the undisputed highlight of his five-and-half years at the club.Fellaini, now with Shandong Luneng, told the Daily Mail: “I played five and half years for Mancheladelphia this week, according to The Boston Globe. With the game being played at a National League park, Ortiz will take the field Wednesday or Thursday.Ortiz is hitting .341/.401/.618 in 123 at-bats. He is hitting .378 with three home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games played.

More News bout to enter the final year of his current deal.Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur says negotiations have progressed positively: “Liverpool and Divock Origi’s people had positive talks about a new contract just before the player went on holiday. There 11/16/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 10/01/2016 on fullback Wayne Bridge expects a busy summer at St Mary’s.Bridge believes manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will want to make his own mark on the squad.He told the Daily Echo: “He has got to try and do something. He needs to try and get players in that he • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis is attracting ri


With Hiram Burgos on the disabled list, the activated pitcher Friday. Gorzelanny had been on the DL since May 7 with shoulder tendinitis.

Gorzelanny will pitch out of the bullpen, where he has a 2.30 ERAier Amaechi is staying patient at Hamburg.The 18 year-old prospect moved to HSV last summer for €2.5m, though is struggling to make an impression.”I am very patient. Of course I want to play. Of course, when I’m not in the team, I’m sad. But I’m tr in 15 2/3 innings. 

More News 08/21/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff as joined Newcastle United’s Academy from Arsenal on a scholarship contract.Flaherty, 18, featured on a trial for the under-18 squad as Newcastle were beaten 3-0 against their Liverpool counterparts at the Kirkby Academy but almost netted a consolati 07/04/2016 • by RotoWire Staff will have a bumper transfer kitty for the January market.The Sun says United have promised Solskjaer the full £75million raised as a result of Romelu Lukaku’s sale to Inter Milan for transfers in January should he want it.The Belgian striker complet 03/28/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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third baseman/outfielder was dropped to sixth in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers. Didi Gregorius took his usual spot in the two-hole. Prado is batting .296 (8 for 27) with a solo home run in his last six games but has struck out six times during that span.

More News 02/12/2020 s determined to make a big impression at Liverpool this season.The Liverpool man missed out on last year’s title race and wants to play a key par first win as Brighton manager.The Seagulls sealed an impressive 3-0 away win over Watford thanks to goals from Florin Andone, Neal Maupay and an own goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure.Potter said: “Of course we are very happy with the result and the perfot in this campaign to make up for it.The 26-year-old told “It’s on me to try to bring • by RotoWire Staff 11/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/18/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/16/2019 • by RotoWire Staff esentatives of Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonahan Tah.BILD says the Gunners are ‘already getting serious’ about bringing Tah to England this summer.Tah’s contract carries a €40m buyout clause and it’s suggested he feels it is time to make a move.How 07/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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s victory in Baku.Cesc watched his former Chelsea


After driving in two runs his last time out, shortstop continues his productivity at the platt forward plans to introduce safe-standing areas at their Audi Field stadium, reports, /.”It truly should have been done in the original design. Our supporters have asked us for it, and we needed to get it done,” observed the club’s Chief Business Ofe as he unleashed his first home run of the season Saturday night at Philadelphia.Valaika took starter Cole Hamels deep for a solo home run in the third inning. It was his only hit of the night as he finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-0 victory.Valaika has recorded a hit in each of his last f plan more major spending.United spent £140million in the summer bringing in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as winger Daniel James.But United were languishing in 12th spot heading into their 1-1 draw with table toppers Liverpoour games, hitting .308 with a double, a homer and th could make a move to United this summer.The French forward is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favourites as they look to sign a new central striking option this summer.Ben Yedder has also been linked with Barcelona as he considers his options this sumree RBI over that span. He is hitting .250/.286/.404 with one home run and nine RBI in 52 at-bats.

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The optioned pitcher to Triple-A Colorado Springs Sunday to clear a spot on the active roster for Jhoulys Chacin after he was activated from the disabled list. Chatwood made two starts in Chacin’s absence, posting a 1-0 record and 3.00 ERA while working six innings in each outing.

“I feel pretty good with everything I’m doing right now,” Chatwood told The Denver Post. “I just have to continue building on that.”

More News 4D ago • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff Hugo Lloris says they can clinch a top four finish if they can f Fred was happy with his performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The odds were stacked against United before the encounter against an unbeaten Reds outfit.And after almost coming away with the victory, Fred was pleased his own personal contriind some consistency.With Tottenham just four points behind Chelsea in fourth, Lloris insists qualification for next season’s Champions League is in their sights.After the Southampton wi 02/10/2 season. Here we sit down with the prolific striker about his success, life with Getafe and the LaLiga forwards he admires.Answer: In truth, I’m very happy. I’m thoroughly enjoying this stage of my life at Getafe in the top flight and the day to day 020 • by RotoWire Staff

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With Monday’s series opener against the Rockies being postponed due to inclement weather, second baseman  is expected to return for Tuesday’s doubleheader.Uggla told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there is no reason why he shouldn’t play in both games Tuesday. He sat out Sunday due to a calf strain.

More News 10/04/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2015 • by Jason Lempert 08/19/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 08/18/2015 • by Jason Lempert i says he’s ready to go anywhere for his next job.Ranieri leaves with yesterday’s defeat of Parma his final game as Roma finish outside the Champions League qualifying places.“I experienced some beautiful emotions tonight, but those weren’t tears i 08/08/2015 • by Marty Gitlin to Newcastle United.According to The Sun, the 27-year-old has been a target for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez in the past.Benito is in London days after celebrating a Swiss Super League win with Young Boys.However, he is out of contract this summer af 06/29/2015 ndered ‘pointless’ after the loss to Watford on Sunday.Shaw has implored United to find some consistency in their game, with the defeat to the Hornets dropping them to eighth on the Premier League table.”We need to be better and we know we need to be • by Marty Gitlin

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debut for victory at Wolves.Klopp has outlined how


College pitching prospect Jonathan Gray has gone from a 10th-round draft pick two years ago to a in June’s amatuer baseball draft, reports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The University of Oklahoma right-hander has hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

One N.L. scout evaluated Gray: “Really good. Power arm rumored to have touched 103.”

Another scout said, “The key thing is he sustaeira says he’s more than capable of handling the rigours of the Premier League.The 23-year-old has been given more responsibility by Ole Gunnar Solskjnho is in line for a new contract.The Sun says the Brazilian veteran is in the final year of his contract and many expected next season to be his last at Manchester City after the club-record arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.Yet City sources insaer this season.Pereira insists he’s happy at Old Trafford and ready to help his team win matches.”Iins his velocity throughout the game.”

Gray is 6-1 with a 1.19 ERA for Oklahoma this season. He is among a group of prospects, which includes Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, University of San Diego third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant and two Georgia prep outfielders — Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier — among the top prospects in this year’s draft class.

Heyman reports the , and — who have the first three picks in this year’s draft — have scouted Gray heavily, which suggebigger opportunities for himself when David Silva departs at the end of the season.While he says he will be sad to see his hero go, he believes the departure of Silva from the club next summer can give him the platform to achieve all of them.“I wansts he could be a top-three selection.

“He’s improved quite a bit. Everything’s gotten better,” one A.L. scouting director said. “The velocity is better. The breaking ball is definitely a lot better. Plus, he’s gotten himself in better shape.”

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Watford have signed Udinese winger Ignacio Pussett


catching prospect hit a home run in his first Triple-A game this season.

Zunino went 3 for 4, with a triple and a double. He scored three runs, and also drew a walk. Zunino has moved quickly after being drafted ered the opportunity to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.The Independent says Spurs could complete a loan with an option to buy deal for Lemar this month.The French left winger has failed to justify the big money last season, and could be on the fast track to the majors depending on how he handles Triple-A.

More News 04/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 11/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff nter Milan.Young is set to be rewarded with a one-year contract extension by Inter Milan after impressing following his January arrival from United, says the Gazzetta dello Sport. The 34-year-old moved to the Nerazzurri in January and has played five nager Maurizio Sarri’s system for his problems with fans this season.His performances have made him a target for criticism from Chelsea supporters, but he explains that Sarri’s decision to change the nature of his role during the course of the campai 08/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Le’Veon Bell knee injury is reportedly ‘good,’ no correlation to Jets running back signing


The may have for this week after all. New York signed running back Josh Adams from its practice squad, raising speculation that Bell may not be available for Sunday’s game against the due to a knee injury. , ted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no problem with an England snub for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Wan-Bissaka, 21, is yet to make his international debut having pulled out of his firilon has quickly established himself as Sevilla’s first-choice left-back, outperforming expectations with the Andalusian club.”I’m very happy with everything that is happening,” Reguilon admitted in Spain’s pre-match press conference.”I’m in a great st squad in September through injury. On Thursday, Southgate selected Trentreporting Bell’s knee is “good” and the Jets signed Adams to their active roster to block another team from signing him off their practice squad. 

Bell underwent an MRI on his knee Monday, following the Jets loss to the . Head copetition featuring teams from Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX, is doubling its number of teams to 16 for the 2020 edition of the tournament, reports, /.The number of clubs from the two top divisions competing in the Leagues Cup will be split eqach Adam Gase admitted he didn’t know the severity of the injury until the results came in, but Bell’s status for Sunday’s game against the Giants looks much better than it did Monday. 

Bell has 125 carries for 415 yards and a touchdown this season, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in his first season with the Jets. He also has 40 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown. Bell received 25 touches in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, his most since 31 in a Week 2 loss to the . The prior three weeks, Bell received just 15, 16 and 11 touches, how he can receive more touches in the offense. The knee injury could limit Bell’s touches in Week 10, but the Jets will have to see how this week of practice goes. 

Adams, an undrafted free agent in 2018, has a track record of success in the . Adams was the leading rusher for the last season with 511 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry in 14 games. Adams had a stretch in the middle of his rookie season where he had 72 carries for 366 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He finished the year with 37 carries for 99 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. The Eagles cut Adams in September and the Jets signed him to their practice squad. 

New York made sure it wasn’t going to lose a young back in Adams, especially with the Jets at 1-7 and having an opportunity to evaluate their roster. Adams should earn a role in the offense over the next several weeks. 

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Researchers at Boston University may be able to diagnose CTE in living patients


In what would be a major breakthrough for medical science, researchers at Boston University may have developed a method to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living patients. It has previously been thought that CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries, could only be diagnosed posthumously. 

TSN’s Rick Westhead, who obtained a copy of the research report, shBorussia Dortmund have won the race for RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.BVB beat Juventus and Manchester United to Haaland’s signature.Dortmund have announced the arrival of the 19-year-old, who has signed a contract until 2024.Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Germans have paid €45m, with €15m of that going to agent Mino Raiola.The newspaper adds he will earn a salary of €6m, which will rise to €8m after the third year of his deal, while it includes an undisclosed release clause.Borussia Dortmund verpflichtet Erling Haaland.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 29, 2019ared some of its findings on Twitter:

Neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University, performed a study of 202ith the club’s shift in transfer policy.Schmeichel reckons the arrival of Harry Maguire and youngsters like Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James fit the DNA of United.He told the Mirror: “We had a few guys who have been instrumental like Antonio Vale brains, 111 of them from former players, . Of the 202 brains in the study among players from all levels of football, 87 percent had CTE.

“The study found that the high school players had mild cases, while college and professional players showed more severe effects. But even those with mild cases exhibited cognitive, mood and behavioral symptoms,” the New York Times wrote in July. 

The age of players in the study ranged from 23 to 89 years old, and the position those players played was seemingly irrelevant to whether they developed CTE. The study examined the brains of 44 linemen, 20 running backs, 17 defensive backs, 13 linebackers, seven quarterbacks, five wide receivers, two tight ends, one punter and one kicker. 

CTE has been shown to have several side effects, including but not limited to depression. Several fordrid ace Saul Niguez admits he grew up basing his game on Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.Saul also says it was dream come true when Fernando Torres returned to the club.He said, “With Torres at Atleti I started to love Gerrard and I thought I wantedmer NFL players experienced symptoms of depression and some committed suicide. Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling, Jovan Belcher and Aaron Hernandez are among the former players found after dying at their own hands to have had CTE. 

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WATCH: Cam Newton apologizes for sexist remarks: ‘Extremely unacceptable’


A day after made , the quarterback apologized. On Thursday night, Newton apologized in a video that he posted to Twitter and Facebook. In that video, Newton called his comments “degrading and disrespectful to women.”

Here’s his entire statement:

“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. And to be honest, that was not my intentions. And if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you. I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. And what I did was extremely unacceptable. I’m a father to two beautiful daughters. And at their age, I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be. And the fact that during this whole process, I’ve already lost sponsors and countless fans. I realize that the joke is really on me. And I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this. And to the young people who see this, I hope that you learn something from this as well. Don’t be like me. Be better the Laurentiis and his family has raked in huge dividends from the club’s past year.Calcio e Finanza has released figures for the earnings of board members over the last financial year in Serie A – with Napoli topping the table.The board chaired by De an me. And to the reporters to the journalists to the moms — super moms — to the daughters, the sisters, and the women all around the world, I sincerely apologize and hope you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me. Thank you.”

Below, you can wt Manchester says City manager Pep Guardiola would ‘gladly’ welcome De Rossi at City.Roma legend and captain lieves that David Brooks can cope with the tough tackling defenders who aim to stop him.Brooks has enjoyed a good first season in the Premier League since arriving from Sheffield United in the summer.He managed five assists and seven goals in 30 PremDe Rossi, who has spent the entirety of his 18-year career in the capital was controversially released last week.The natch him deliver his apology:

If you somehow missed the original story, here’s what happened. During Newton’s weekly press conference on Wednesday, Rodrigue asked Newton a question about ‘ route-running.

“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well,” Rodrigue said. “Devin Funchess has really seemed to embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards, does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him kind of truck-sticking people out there?”

Before he answered the question, Newton said that it was “funny to hear a female talk about routes.”

Immediately after, Rodrigue addressed the incident on Twitter.

According to Rodrigue, she also sought out Newton after his press conference. During their conversation, , as the Observer’s Scott Fowler wrote:

She asked the quarterback if he really didn’t think a female could understand routes.

Newton said she wasn’t really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open. She argued that he didn’t know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation.

Newton said that maybe he should have said it was funny to hear “reporters” talk about routes and that, if she actually did know about them, then she knew more than most reporters. Then he gestured toward the locker room, still filled with her colleagues.

Rodrigue ended by asking Newton — whom she had introduced herself to on the first day of her employment with The Observer in October 2016 — if he knew her name after she had covered the team almost every day for the past year.

Newton said he did not.

“Jourdan Rodrigue, Charlotte Observer,” she said, and then walked away. 

In the aftermath,  that did not include an apology. On Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera ” Dannon Oikos also  

Until Thursday night, Newton remained silent on the incident.

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Johnny Manziel shines in Canada, throws laser for first CFL touchdown pass


After spending , it looks like is already starting to figure out this whole CFL thing works. 

After throwing last week, Manziel topped himself on Saturday with another impressive performance. Playing in a road game for the first time, Johnny Football as his Hamilton Tiger-Cats topped the Montreal Alouettes, 30-15. 

By the time Manziel entered the game in the second quarter, the Tiger-Cats were already trailing, 14-0, but that proved to be nothing for Johnny Football, who helped Hamilton jump to a 23-14 lead before he was pulled in the fourth quarter. 

The Tiger-Cats win included Manziel’s first-ever CFL touchdown pass, wha as “incredible team” after their clash at the Etihad on Saturday.City came from behind to claim a 2-1 in a highly entertaining contest, allowing them to leapfrog the Blues on the table. And speaking after the game, Guardiola was full of praise for ich came in the second quarter when he hit teammate for a three-yard score. Green is a former pick, who played in 29 career games with the and after being selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. 

Although Manziel wasn’t perfect against Montreal, he did show off some of the talent that made him famous in college. Manziel completed several impressive passes against the Alouettes, including two throws that came while he was rolling left. 

The play above and the play below were both vintage Johnny Football. 

Manziel also did some damage with his legs, rushing four times for 19 yards ie’s still time. The thing doesn’t shut until midnight Monday. Who will be the next player out the door at Manchester United…?Captains. Cup winners. Premier League champions. They’ve all been shown the exit at Old Trafford. And there’s still almost n the game. 

With Hamilton’s preseason now over, Manziel will headed to the bench. However, what we don’t know, is how long coach June Jones will keep him there. Although Jones that Jeremiah Masoli is going to be the Tiger-Cats’ starting quarterback for the team’s opener on June 16, it’s possible that Manziel could eventually earn the starting job at some point over the team’s 18-game regular season, which runs through November 3. 

Jones’ biggest issue with Manziel right now is that the quarterback just isn’t caught up to speed with how the game is played in Canada, something Jones alluded to after Manziel made his CFL debut on June 1. 

“He’s just not … he did some good things,” Jones said. “He’s got a game presence about him, as you guys know. He looked at the things, knew where he should have thter United striker Alexis Sanchez is in talks with says Juventus have met with Sanchez’s agent to offer him a route out of his nightmare stint at Manchester United.The 30-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the clubrown the ball when he had a chance to, but it just comes from not being here quite as long as the rest of the guys.” 

Of course, just because Manziel isn’t starting doesn’t mean Jones isn’t optimistic about the quarterback’s future. Back in December, Jones said Manziel had the . 

“I think he’d be the best ,” Jones said. “He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do. I think he’s a phenomenal player. I think it was kind of unfortunate what happened to him in the , some of that was by his own means, too. We’ll see. I think he’ll either be with us or he won’t.”

It was that line of thinking from Jones that led the Tiger-Cats to sign Johnny Football . Whether he starts or not in the CFL, Manziel has to be pretty happy with how things are going so far during his comeback season, or as he likes to call it, his #ComebackSZN. 

The comeback officially started in April, when Manziel  as a member . In those two games, Manziel finished 19 of 31 for 271 yards and a touchdown while also throwing one interception and rushing for two other touchdowns. 

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Report: Patriots, Wes Welker make ‘progress’ on a new deal


The , like their AFC East rivals the Dolphins, have many different ways that they could go with the franchise tag by 4 p.m. ET on Monday. One guy who looks like an unlikely candidate is wideout , who would command an $11.4 million tag number.

More likely is the Pats and Welker worki.Allegri announced his departure last week.He said, “The fans have always been very warm towards me and it did get me emotional when the crowd called my name. In a way, I felt more fired up the more criticism was coming in from the outside, rather ng out a new deal. And, , there is “progress” on that front.

Curran also reports that New England “appears to be leaning toward not using” the tag, but the Patriots abstaining from hitting someone with it is “not definite.”

The other two candidates whom the Patriots could tag are right tackle  or cornerback .

Vollmer seems like the top candidate — and a key component for protecting Tom Brady. Additionally, he could play left or right tackle for another team. The issue is that the side of the line that Vollmer plays on is irrelevant for the franchise tag; he gets $9.8 million from the Patriots either way.

Talib’s candidacy takes a hit because he’d be owed $10.85 million on a one-year deal. That’s a lot of cash for a guy who has the off-field issues that Talib does, and it wouldn’t be a logical way for the Patriots to try to sign him if they want to limit their eed midfielder Paul Pogba.Mundo Deportivo says Real have told United they are pre United star Nemanja Matic is delighted for his ex-Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard.Matic has watched as Lampard took on the managerial baton at the Blues and has flourished this season.Chelsea are favourites to claim a top-four finish, especially aftepared to offer £72million AND Gareth Bale or Isco in exchange for French midfielder Paul Pogba .Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has been plunged into uncertainty in the pxposure in terms of guaranteed money. (They’d be starting from there.)

And, of course, with Welker a second tag would mean a baseline negotiating point of more than $20 million guaranteed were he to be tagged again.

Welker seems like a logical fit to stay, though. Given that Brady freed up some cap space, it would be surprising if the Patriots weren’t willing to hand over whatever (relatively small amount of) cash that Brady’s most trusted target wants in order to stay in New England.

Which is why the news that the two sides are making progress makes perfect sense.

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Saints: LB Scott Shanle has familial connection to Giants’ Super Bowl turnaround


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LB Scott Shanle remembers how the New York Giants overcame an awful start under then-first-year defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in 2007 to win the , and not just becaormance against Watford on Sunday.The Red Devils had a nervy first half, but they put Watford to the sword in the second period and won 3-0.Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring from the spot in the 42nd minute, before Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwoouse interim coach Aaron Kromer reminded the team about it in a Monday morning meeting.

Shanle’s younger brother, Andrew Shanle, was a practice player at DB for the Giants from December through the playoffs that year.“I had a familiarity with what we were going to run when we hired him (Spagnuolo) just because he had been there and seen some of the stuff,” Shanle said.The 2007 Giants gave up 80 points in their first two games, then held their next six opponents to 79 points, made the playoffs and held all four postseason opponents to 20 points or fewer on their way to a Super Bowl victory.Still, Shanle does not buy ain Luka Milivojevic would welcome January arrivals.However, he has warned they must focus on improving small details during games before the winter window.Palace manager Roy Hodgson has long been calling for January investment, and Milivojevic hopeshistory as an automatic guide to the future.“Hopefully that’s a sign that better things are to come,” Shanle said. “But at the same time, you can’t always rely on history to repeat itself just because the same thing happened. We have to work our way out of it.”Spagnuolo agreed.“There’s nothing magical,” he said. “We didn’t say anything magical. It just came together. I do he could’ve joined Liverpool during his career. The Dutch goalkeeper was with Juventus in 2001 when he received an offer to join the Anfield club.”I had two options and could have transferred to Liverpool or Dortmund,” he told t-online. reflecting uknow one thing. It came together because nobody, nobody pointed fingers. Everybody stuck together and (you) just grind your way out of it. That doesn’t mean because it happened in ’07 and I’m here now that it will happen again.”: DE Cam Jordan could not be happier that the Saints finally will face a stand-still pocket passer next Sunday. After getting burned by Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton on the ground in the air, New Orleans gets Kansas City QB Matt Cassel.Cassel rushed for more than 200 yards only once in eight seasons and averaged less than four yards per carry in his three full seasons as a starter from 2008 to 2010.“It’s definitely something to look forward to with him being a little less mobile than the two guys we faced,” Jordan said. “It’ll be great to get back to some base pressures and be able to let the four get after it.”Jordan had a sack of Newton on Sunday, the only sack by a Saints DE through two games. With 15 tackles in two games, he is one of the only New Orleans defenders who has played well.“We should have dominated the line a lot more, just from the front four speaking,” he said. “We’ll do better the next few weeks.” Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer has not lost his sense of humor after his disappointing 0-2 start as the replacement for suspended coach Joe Vitt, who replaced suspended coach Sean Payton.The replaced side judge Brian Stropolo with alternate Tim Keese just before the Carolina game on Sunday after learning Stropolo had posted photos on himself on his Facebook page in a shirt and hat with the Saints’ logo on it while tailgating for a .Kromer was asked if he heard of something like that before.“No,” he said. “But I have never heard of replacement official or interim-interim head coaches.” Follow Saints reporter Guerry Smith on Twitter .