Going forward, Burfict is owed money only if he remains on the team and plays.

If there’s a decision to make, it’s that the Bengals owe Burfict a $2 million, 90-man roster bonus on March 31. If the Bengals decided to cut Burfict before then, the salary-tracking website www.overthecap.com indicates the club would save $5.8 million on the salary cap this season while carrying $2.85 million in dead money.

Should he remain on the team, Burfict would forfeit his game checks for those weeks, like any other suspension.

Tennessee won’t be exposed anymore when Ryan slides inside to cover the slot with Butler and Jackson capable of matching up with any opponent’s outside targets.

The Titans also signed the Derrick Henry’s ideal complementary backfield mate in another former Patriot, Dion Lewis.

DeMarco Murray kept Henry off the field because of the veteran’s ability to contribute in the passing game as a blocker and receiver. Henry showed he can be the team’s starting running back late last season and the organization released Murray as a result. Lewis provides a change of pace to the hulking Henry. The 5’8″, 195-pound back is simply electric in space as a runner or receiver.

He started his career in 2009 with the New York Jets before moving on to the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens.

At Chadron State, Woodhead set a then-all-division NCAA rushing record with 7,962 career yards, including a single-season mark of 2,756. He wrapped up his college career with 9,350 all-purpose yards and 109 total touchdowns.

The official added that Trump “just thinks they should wrap it up. He sees it becoming a big fishing expedition.”

For months now, the president has raged in private conversations with friends and advisers over the intensifying investigation. People familiar with his thinking said he has been especially agitated by Mueller’s probing into the financial and other records of his private business, the Trump Organization — an intrusion that he said in an interview last year would cross a red line.patriots_380

Darling of a matchup as Hurricanes visit Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Goaltender Scott Darling will face his former team when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center

Without the 12-year veteran, the Flames are leaning on a rookie tandem of Jon Gillies and David Rittich, who have combined to appear in 25 career NHL games.

Gillies is 2-2-1 in six games, including a 35-save outing in a 5-2 win at Arizona on Feb. 22. Rittich is 1-4-1, and allowed seven goals on 26 shots in a 7-3 loss at Vegas on Feb. 21.

Coach Glen Gulutzan defended his goalies by saying the team has to play better as a whole. And yet, he acknowledged how much of a difference Smith can make both in stopping shots and being one of the league’s best puck-handling goalies.

“There’s no scapegoat on goaltending here,” Gulutzan said. “We’re still fighting. And if we get him back, I think it’s great. It helps you win when you get an elite guy back.”

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester needs hip surgery and will miss up to six months, and forward Scottie Upshall will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks after spraining his left MCL. The 15-year veterans were injured in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars.

It looked like Adam Silver had done it again. He made a seemingly simple fix to a problem that would improve the product tenfold. It would be basketball in its purest, most playground-like form. The possibilities and storylines were endless.

“And so we when we’d recently seen some of the instances that had been happening on the court by our major actors on the court, we said, ‘This is not living up to our collective standards … in regards to sportsmanship.’ We thought it was just important to take a renewed emphasis on respect and relationships — respect for the game and respect for each other.”packers_142

‘Hard Knocks’ 2018: Which teams are eligible for this year’s HBO show?

HBO’s reality TV series “Hard Knocks” gives NFL fans an inside look into a single team every training camp. The show is a fan favorite, which is why in 2013 the NFL decided that if a team didn’t volunteer itself for the show, one would be selected.

“It’s not something we would be really excited about,” Lynch said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I love the show, but I think some things are best left behind closed doors. I fundamentally have a problem with cutting players and things of that nature (on camera). It’s not something we’d be thrilled about.”

Last year, the decision on a team (the Buccaneers) was made in April, so you can likely expect this year’s team to be chosen around that time.

“I think there is no doubt we’ve got to get better at that position,” Elway said, via the team’s website. “For us to have a chance to get better, we’ve got to get better at that position.”

Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch put on less than impressive performances this season, combining for a 73.0 passer rating ranking 31st in the league. Furthermore, only the winless Browns had more turnovers than the Broncos.

“Obviously, that position didn’t perform as well as we wanted it to. I thought it would perform better than it did,” Elway said. “And it’s not just on them; I think there’s a lot of circumstances that went into that, that put them in tough situations. But we didn’t perform as well as we’d like to, so that’s obviously a position that we feel like we have to get better at going into next season.”

A nagging bone issue his right foot hampered his ability to push off the mound and limited his conditioning.I know he is athletic player, but I ‘t know what the Reds were thinking if he was actually the one the trade proposal.hakunamangata says: Aug 29 11 AM This sends a very bad message to NFL free agents the future.Bouye and Jumal Rolle both secured turnovers and Bouye took his back for a pick-six to tie the game, they both also had several breakdowns coverage that allowed Sanchez to throw for over eight yards attempt.General manager Tom Rowe take over as the Panthers’ head coach.There is impressive amount of top-end talent at second base today’s game.He just did the job.That big way seems to have found him Miller Park, as he has gone 6-for-9 this weekend with three home runs and seven RBI, making everyone wish they hadn’t called him Maikel last year that nickname could be invented for the first time again and used here.

The Colts keep coming up lame in close games.

Judge and Stanton had the two highest average exit velocities on home runs last season, according to Statcast (minimum 10 homers) — Judge at 110.0 mph and Stanton at 109.3. They combined for 47 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115-plus mph, while the rest of MLB combined had 39 such batted balls, according to Statcast. The two also combined for the eight hardest-hit batted balls in the majors last season (Judge with five) and nine of the top 10.

It will be interesting to see if the fight of their remaining healthy players can save Chuck Pagano’s job.

So much for the firing of Ben McAdoo and the re-starting of Eli Manning providing a spark for the offense and defense under Steve Spagnuolo. This team looks checked-out and overwhelmed until the new full-time GM and coach are in place.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson on losing quarterback Carson Wentz for the season with a torn ACL: “I hate it for Carson Wentz; I hate it for the career and the season he’s been having. But at the same time it’s been the next man up mentality and that’s how we approach it this week.”

With numbers like that it’s no wonder people are starting to talk about the Tigers QB’s draft prospects. So, it begs the question, how does the junior QB stack up?

The most notable thing right away is Lock’s size. He stands at 6-4, and looks every inch of it on tape, and weighs in at 225 pounds. Second, he has the arm strength to go downfield. He does a good job of putting touch on deep balls, even those that stretch the normal boundaries of college quarterbacks.

I know Mara to be a fine man and an excellent team owner who understands the business of NFL football and the need for patience — in the mold of his father Wellington Mara, who was a pillar among NFL team owners for decades. It surely was painful for John Mara to make these moves with four games left in the season.lakers_010

Maple Leafs look to continue torrid run vs. Flyers

“When you’re at eight, nine, 10 in a row, most teams would start to point fingers and start to just find excuses,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Daily News. “That wasn’t the case. We were all in the same boat, and no one went over to the dark side. We stuck together, and that shows a lot of what this team is made of.”

Colorado mustered only seven goals during its losing streak but equaled that total in this game.

“When you lose a handful in a row you’ve got to stick with the process,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “I think that’s what our guys did tonight.”

“I think Sutton is the most underrated player in this draft,” the GM said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. (NFL GMs are not allowed to comment publicly on current college players.) “He’s got some flaws but you watch him on film and you see some things that translate well on Sundays.

“There’s a chance he’s the first wide receiver off the board.”

The Cardinals gained 64 yards in the first half and 197 in the second.

Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of 26 for 178 yards for Arizona with no interceptions, but was sacked eight times, most by a Cardinals quarterback this season. Kerwynn Williams rushed for 73 yards as Arizona outgained Tennessee on the ground 136-65.

Garoppolo leads 49ers to 26-16 win over Texans

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown to help the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight win, 26-16, over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Rams suffered several injury scares in their Week 14 game, though none of them came close to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz potentially tearing his ACL on a negated touchdown run.

Trumaine Johnson, who is on his second consecutive franchise tag, ended the game in concussion protocol, which means the Rams could be without their top two cornerbacks heading into a road game against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth injured his ankle in the second quarter, but he returned in the second half. Right tackle Rob Havenstein injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and didn’t come back, prompting Darrell Williams to enter the game. Williams was immediately beaten by defensive end Chris Long on an eventual strip sack of Jared Goff. McVay did not have an update on Havenstein.

“I was upfront and honest with Eli,” McAdoo told reporters Friday, via ESPN. “I don’t have any regrets there.”

However, McAdoo’s assertion he is “on the same page” as Mara – a phrase he repeated three times during Friday’s press conference – doesn’t seem to hold up. McAdoo said Tuesday the plan was to start Manning in Sunday’s matchup with the Raiders and replace him with Geno Smith for the second half; Mara said Wednesday that the plan was to start Manning and keep him in the game “if he’s playing well in the first half, we’re winning the game, it looks like we’ve got a chance, the offense is clicking.”

Tarasenko nets 2, gets in rare fight as Blues top Oilers 8-3

Vladimir Tarasenko dropped his gloves and inspired his teammates.

On a night when he had two goals and two assists , Tarasenko got in a rare fight Tuesday during the St. Louis Blues’ 8-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

“Our offense line has been banged up here of late,” Lynch said. “I don’t want it to sound like, ‘We’re willing to send C. J. Beathard out there to get beat up,’ but we feel like that’s going to settle down.”

“We lost Pierre Garcon (to a season-ending disc injury) and we’re playing frankly a lot of young guys,” Lynch said. “Marquise Goodwin, who’s been a number three guy, he’s our number one right now. That’s a little bit of a struggle.”

Well, at least until midway through the second quarter. That’s when Burfict got ejected for touching an official following a play that ended out of bounds.

Burfict, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness two snaps earlier, sauntered off the field showing no signs of remorse for letting down his teammates while making the Johnny Manziel “money” gesture to fans at Nissan Stadium.

We’re back for the second half in Seattle. The Seahawks will start the period’s opening drive at their 28.

Meanwhile, it’s another week and another court hearing … and likely another starting assignment for Elliott in Atlanta on Sunday.

But at some point, the time could come for Elliott to sit out several weeks. At this point, even though they’re prepared to play without their star running back, the Cowboys have to hope it’s not until the start of the 2018 season.nike_steelers_3266

Manfred said stripping the Braves of the 13 players was not sufficient punishment

He said “additional sanctions are warranted to penalize the club for the violations committed by its employees.”

Therefore, the Braves will be prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 signing period. Also, the team’s international signing bonus pool for the 2020-21 signing period will be reduced by 50 percent.

Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State — Chubb was a one-man wrecking crew in N.C. State’s 17-14 win at Boston College. The 6-4, 275-pound senior had eight tackles with 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. He continues to assert himself as the top defensive draft prospect.

Cam Newton with another big play for Carolina. This time, he keeps the ball on a zone-read play and runs for 69 yards, moving the Panthers to the Miami 18.

Touchdown, Miami. Kenyan Drake accelerates through the line of scrimmage and makes a Carolina defender miss in the secondary on his way to a 66-yard touchdown run. The Dolphins now trail 31-14 with 5:47 to play in the third quarter.

On the bright side in the AFC, Brady is playing as well as ever. But with Brady at age 40, nobody knows how long he can continue executing at such a high level before his career goes into decline.

The Saints survive here, thanks to playing the doormat Buccaneers in Week 17 while the Falcons and Panthers play each other. Atlanta will make familiar noise with a 6-1 finish, including big wins over both rivals. Carolina’s offensive inconsistency will lead to a couple clunkers like the Bears game in Week 7.

In the end, with the NFC North and NFC West both looking less certain to punch two tickets to the playoffs, the opportunity is there for all three NFC South teams to crash the party, with a chance for all three to play in the divisional round.nike_steelers_722

It looked like nothing could top the bad beat in Cleveland, until the ending of this game happened.

The third-year NHLer scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, one at even strength and one with the extra skater, in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. As long as Donskoi remains fixed on a scoring line with Logan Couture and continues to skate with the secondary, if not the primary, power play, the 25-year-old boasts sufficient upside to justify rostering in deeper fantasy leagues.

With three minutes left, Matt Moore connected with Kenny Stills on a 61-yard touchdown to tie the game at 20. At that point, those on the under were hoping for a field goal to make it a 23-20 final. That scenario looked as though it had played out perfectly, as Patrick Murray’s 35-yard field goal with four seconds left indeed put Tampa Bay up by three.

The Sierra-Leonean rookie only ran for 42 yards on eight carries but he broke off a 24-yard run embarrassing the Washington defense in the process.

But wait…there was more. Kamara then caught six passes for 74 yards and most importantly, the game tying touchdown (as he juggled the ball) before also running in the two point conversion to help the Saints overcome a 15-point deficit. From there the Saints took the game into overtime and finalized a 34-31 victory.

“Third downs, we’re going to show it from the conventional camera because that’s the most important down in football,” Gaudelli said, via Pro Football Talk. “Once we’re inside the red zone we’re going to show it from the conventional camera. We want to try to be smart about it and not just say, ‘Here’s SkyCam come hell or high water.’ It’s, ‘Here’s SkyCam in the most advantageous places.'”

Jamie Dixon’s TCU squad could end the season as Bill Self’s greatest threat in the league.

The NIT champions finished 12-21 the year before Dixon arrived and 24-15 in his first season, which ended with an 88-56 victory over Georgia Tech in the NIT championship.

This is a team that beat Kansas in the Big 12 tournament. A seven-game losing streak at the end of conference play ruined TCU’s NCAA tournament chances. But the Horned Frogs lost four of those games by five points or less.

If you are light on blueliners and looking for a buy-low option, Boychuk may be a good choice. He has only two points in 11 games thus far, but the Islanders have an offensively gifted team, which should provide the former Boston Bruins defenseman with opportunities to pick up assists. Boychuk has been reliable over his time with the Islanders, scoring between 23 and 35 points each year since being traded to New York.

Sometimes, what appear to be minor deals end up making a big difference. Van Noy, a second-round pick in 2014, had largely disappointed the Lions. But the Patriots saw a role for him in their scheme. He is tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks this season. He also has been credited with 55 tackles, second on the team.

The defense and the running game have been great for the Jaguars, but the elephant in the room has been the play of Blake Bortles. He has a Total QBR below 50, and he’s one of four qualified quarterbacks completing fewer than 60 percent of his passes.

The Lions have lost three straight games and four of their past five, so there’s plenty to be concerned about in Detroit right now. Matthew Stafford’s performance against the blitz is among the top worries. He has a league-worst 19 Total QBR against the blitz.