On comeback trail, Vince Young applies to trademark ‘Make Vince Great Again’

As for linebackers, the free agency group is not as deep, with Dont’a Hightower being the only big name assuming he is not franchised. The second best available might be Nick Perry of the Packers. If the 49ers want to upgrade their defensive line, they could make a play for veteran end Calais Campbell of the Cardinals.

While winning the free agency championship does not often lead to a Super Bowl championship, such a victory for the 49ers at least would return them to some respectability. It also would put on display a commitment to winning, which the fan base has not seen for a few years.

The 49ers have the cash to pull it off, but until they commit to some players, nobody is going to believe that a turnaround will happen.

Vince Young won a national championship at Texas and was a two-time Pro Bowler in the NFL.

He was once considered great and hopes to be once more.

Young, 33, submitted an application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday requesting to trademark the phrase, Make Vince Great Again.

Young has been out of football since a failed tryout with the Browns in 2014. He spent 2013 training camp with the Packers and has not played in an NFL game since 2011 while with the Eagles.
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MLB scores: Red Sox bats bail out Chris Sale’s poor start in Chicago return

Chris Sale’s return to Chicago wasn’t what the ex-White Sox ace was hoping for, but at least it was better than former teammate Jose Quintana, Tuesday’s opposing starter.
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The expected pitchers’ duel between southpaws turned into a shootout early after Quintana was crushed for seven runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work.

Dodgers (33-20) at Cardinals (24-25), 8:15 p.m. ET — One of the hottest teams in baseball, Los Angeles will send Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 4.28 ERA) to the mound to attempt to sweep the Cardinals and earn their seventh straight win and build on their half-game lead in the NL West. Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.32 ERA) will look to stay hot for the Red Birds.

UPDATE: Strickland went with the I wanted to come inside defense after the game. Obviously I’ve left the ball over the plate a couple of times to him and he’s taken advantage of that, so just just mostly go inside and, obviously, I got it in a little too far. Strickland also said that the playoff homers Harper hit off him in 2014 were the past and not connected to Monday.

Harper, for his part, is thinking that Strickland maybe hasn’t put the past behind him.

Youth Paul George Jersey I don’t want to go on a baseball field and fight somebody, he told reporters (per MASN.com’s Mark Zuckerman). Especially when it’s somebody that’s in the past. It’s so in the past that it’s not even relevant anymore. They won the World Series that year. I don’t even think he should be thinking about what happened in the first round. He should be thinking about wearing that ring home every single night. I don’t know why he did it or what he did it for, but I guess it happens.

Smith delivered a more comprehensive examination in a Tuesday morning phone interview.

If 8-year-old Kevin McCallister could torment a couple of bungling burglars all by himself back in 1990, just imagine what 35-year-old Kevin McCallister could do to stop the Bears from the mayhem they’re creating in Chicago.

Johnson understands the game as a player and has the personality of an entertainer. He’d be able to make good personnel decisions and keep fans coming back for more. Plus, he could probably squeeze in some FIFA matches against fans at Paul Brown Stadium.

Smith delivered a more comprehensive examination in a Tuesday morning phone interview.

He said Garrett’s mother, Audrey, is from the Hampton Roads area near Smith’s home. He said she reached out to him via the NFLPA to counsel her son.

So, Smith traveled to the Garrett home in Arlington, Texas, on draft day.

“I met a quality young man,” Smith said. “He had a thirst for knowledge. He was like a sponge. We studied film for about an hour and a half. I could see that he is ready to play in the National Football League from a simple playing perspective. The conditioning, nutrition, proper study habits, those things must come. But nobody, I mean nobody, comes into the league being a polished pro. It takes a year or two and sometimes longer. But the ones that develop faster make a quicker impact and more meaningful contribution to the team and its success.

The NFL took a step in the right direction last year by eliminating the requirement that teams decide up front which player to return from injured reserve. This year, they improved the rules surrounding returning players from injured reserve once more by voting to allow teams to bring back two players instead of one.

For teams in playoff contention, this could be the difference between making the postseason and watching from the couch with everyone else. This change is good for teams, players, and for fans who want to see the best players on the field.


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It was a questionable move at the time and became a full-blown disaster as the season went on.

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Sometimes, there are foods that take you right back to elementary school. For me, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this, that food is Lunchables. Unlike former Clemson Tigers linebacker, and undrafted free agent Ben Boulware, who has signed with the Carolina Panthers, I grew out of them as I got older.

It was a questionable move at the time and became a full-blown disaster as the season went on. Osweiler’s 72.2 QB Rating was second-worst among qualified quarterbacks, ahead of only Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Here lies the issue most have with Chicago’s decision to select Trubisky. Even 49ers GM John Lynch thought the Bears were trading up to draft a guy like Solomon Thomas and address a massive need in a class stuffed with versatile defensive line talent.

Yes, left end Akiem Hicks is a beast who should produce even better in a contract year. But he’s the only sure bet on the front of the Bears’ 3-4 under Fangio. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman has all the potential in the world, but his shaky injury history forced Chicago to sign John Jenkins for depth in the wake of Will Sutton’s departure.

The Bears hope their savior in this position group will be second-year right end Jonathan Bullard, who provided flashes last season but struggled with consistency. He and Mitch Unrein again will split time unless Bullard improves and earns the vast majority of snaps. Without Cornelius Washington and Ego Ferguson, depth on the defensive line is an issue.

Charles Clay has not played up to his contract, and the Bills’ reported interest in free-agent tight ends signals a desire to improve at the position. But they did not address tight end in the draft.
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While Clay figures to enter the season as Buffalo’s No. 1 tight end, the team hopes Nick O’Leary can become an adequate No. 2. Also worth watching is the development of Logan Thomas, who was signed as a converted quarterback. (Taylor, after all, has thrown touchdown passes to Thomas in the past.)

Athlete skills exhibitions were a staple of sports TV in the ’80s.

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Athlete skills exhibitions were a staple of sports TV in the ’80s. Ever wanted to see the Reds’ Gary Redus battle the Braves’ Dale Murphy in an obscure, NBC-sponsored home run derby narrated by Bob Costas in 1984? Here ya go!

Marlins stars Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton both had monster games in a 10-5 loss to the Mariners. Yelich, who has been on fire this week, went 3 for 5 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Stanton went 3 for 3 with a solo home run and two walks.

Unfortunately for Miami fans, Mitch Haniger went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, four RBIs and a walk to help the Mariners win.

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While the reform would have been a small one, the league’s prohibition on negotiating with postseason-participating assistants typically affects the coaching market. It may have played a role in the Patriots retaining their coordinators in 2017. Top assistants Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia were widely considered strong candidates for the multitude of open jobs this offseason, but neither left Foxborough. That worked out well for New England — it kept the core of a championship coaching nucleus intact.

Now, there will be just one deadline.
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Previously, the first set of cuts was scheduled prior to the fourth preseason game. The change allows teams to carry 90 players into the final preseason contest, giving them more time to evaluate those players.

This season, the preseason wraps up on Sept. 1. Teams will be required to get rosters down to 53 no later than 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 3.

Dallas ought to be the favorites to win the NFC East again, and Irving’s situation isn’t nearly as dire as Gregory’s. However, they keep losing important role players to drug suspensions on the defensive line, and that lack of depth was a consistent weakness for the team in 2016. The Cowboys will surely hope that first-round draft pick Taco Charlton can be an immediate contributor.

Buffalo Bills ‘unlikely’ to pick up receiver Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option, per report

If you thought the Buffalo Bills drafted East Carolina receiver Zay Jones to just be a compliment to Sammy Watkins, think again.

The Bills may not have just used their second-round pick on Jones to give the Bills a No. 2 wide receiver, Jones could be Buffalo’s top target sooner than many expected.

According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci, the Bills are “unlikely” to pick up Watkins’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract by the May 2 deadline. The team is reportedly uncomfortable committing to Watkins for a fifth year because he’s recovering from offseason foot surgery. Carucci broke the news shortly after Buffalo selected Jones.

That doesn’t mean Watkins’ days in Buffalo are numbered, the team can still negotiate a long-term deal or place the franchise tag on him. Still, picking up Watkins’ fifth-year option is the cheapest course of action to keep him there beyond the 2017 season.

To select Jones, the Bills moved up seven spots by trading with the LA Rams to move up from No. 44 to No. 37. The Rams received the Bills’ third rounder, and Buffalo received Los Angeles’ fourth rounder in the exchange.

Bills coach Sean McDermott denied that trading up to pick Jones has anything to do with Watkins’ future.

“It doesn’t, it doesn’t at all,” McDermott told reporters. “Sammy’s a good football player and these are two separate silos.”

Buffalo used two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick to trade up and draft Watkins in 2014. Since then, Watkins has battled through a number of ailments, including broken ribs, a groin injury, hip injury, calf injury and a broken foot.

His production has been decent in his three-year career, but not exactly what the Bills were hoping for when they took a gamble on Watkins over other first-round receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and Brandin Cooks.

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receiver Jordan Matthews suffered a big hit by Falcons linebacker Keanu Neal

Boston scored a run in the top of the ninth to snag a 1-0 lead, meaning Sale was in line to get the individual pitcher win, too. But closer Craig Kimbrel, who had been brilliant himself this season, gave up a home run to Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game. Boston rallied with three runs in the top of the 10th, meaning Kimbrel earned the individual pitcher win.

That makes absolutely no sense, of course.

If we were starting from scratch, there’s zero chance any rational baseball fan would look at Sale’s effort and Kimbrel’s effort and decide that Kimbrel deserved the individual pitcher victory.

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Last season, receiver Jordan Matthews suffered a big hit by Falcons linebacker Keanu Neal. There was no foul on the play, but Neal was fined $24,000 by the league later that week. In an effort to better define what’s legal, the Eagles proposed the following: Expands the crown of helmet foul to include hairline part of helmet.

This explains the hit on Matthews last season pretty well as Neal took the top of his helmet and hit the receiver in the facemask.

The hit was so hard that the Eagles had to replace the facemask on Matthews because it was bent so much.

They got a little help Thursday in the bottom of the 13th inning for a 5-4 walk-off win over the Phillies.
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After Matt Szczur hit a potential double-play ball to Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez, the relay throw from shortstop Freddy Galvis was wide of first base. The error allowed Albert Almora Jr., who led off the inning with a double, to score from the second and send Wrigley Field into a frenzy.

Terry Francona hasn’t watched Indians’ World Series Game 7 loss to Cubs

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While the past includes the Indians’ extra-inning loss to the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series, Francona admitted Tuesday he hasn’t watched a second of the game.

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It doesn’t do Francona any good predicting what will happen this season, but the Tribe are in great shape to return to the World Series.

Cap’n Jetes took it in stride, as he does, and we’re sure he was able to quickly laugh this off in short order.

It might have been slightly less amusing for him to learn his group is trailing in the bidding for the Marlins. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday evening that a group led by one of Mitt Romney’s sons and which includes Hall of Famer Tom Glavine had bid slightly more than the $1.3 billion offered by the group that includes Jeter and is led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

We have no idea how much cash Jeter has pledged toward the sale, but any additional funds figure to be substantial if a bidding war is going on.

Earlier in the day, Bush expressed confidence (per The New York Times) his group would soon finalize an agreement to buy the franchise from Jeffrey Loria. Was that confidence just posturing, or are we really nearing a resolution?

Jeter’s accustomed to winning, in baseball and in life. Come-from-behind victories are routine. Looks like he’ll need another one to fulfill his wish of being an owner. Then maybe he can go back on CNBC and clown everybody there.

He’s definitely smart enough to expand that.

Yes, Howard was a terrific need, value and luxury pick at No. 19 with the good fortune of so many teams deciding not to take the uber-athletic tight end. Evans can be a good strong safety, but other than that, there were some questionable position picks and reaches. Good thing the Bucs are already set to push for a playoff spot.
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Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson Boulware may be a bit undersized at 6 feet and 236 pounds, but he is a passionate natural leader who was extremely productive at Clemson with 116 tackles last season for the national champions. His superior football IQ and instincts help compensate for limited athleticism. Boulware can still get sideline to sideline and takes excellent angles to the ball. He’s a very coachable player who may not measure out well, but is just a damn good football player. UPDATE: Boulware has signed with the Panthers.

Darius English, DE, South Carolina English is tall and lanky at 6-6, 245, and a natural pass rusher. He has a quick first step, but hasn’t yet converted his speed to power and is not that great against the run. He’s a bit of a one-year wonder with 60 tackles last season, to nearly match his career total prior to his senior year. His 13 tackles for loss were more than his 11 stops behind the line before 2016 and he had nine sacks last year after registering just six in the previous three years. UPDATE: English has signed with the Falcons.