Colts release veteran LB D’Qwell Jackson

IndyStar.com called it the “first move of consequence” by new general manager Chris Ballard, hired last week, as he tries to make over one of the NFL’s oldest defenses.

It didn’t help Jackson that he was suspended the final four games of the 2016 season under the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Still, he finished with 78 total tackles, only one behind team leader Mike Adams despite the suspension.

He led the Colts in tackles his first two seasons with the team, recording 140 (82 unassisted) in 2014 and 150 (89) in 2015.

Releasing him, IndyStar.com noted, leaves the Colts with little proven talent at inside linebacker.

Belichick is on the list of witnesses for the defense, according to documents obtained by the Boston Globe.

Hernandez, a former tight end with the Patriots, pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing two men on July 16, 2012. The 27-year-old Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Belichick was also on a list of witnesses for the Lloyd murder trial, but wasn’t called to the stand. Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified in that trial.

Hernandez’s former University of Florida teammate, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, is Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys also on the defense’s list of witnesses.

Hernandez played with the Patriots from 2010-12. He was released when he was arrested for his involvement in Lloyd’s murder.

Colts defensive tackle David Parry arrested, accused of golf cart theft

Colts defensive tackle David Parry is facing multiple charges after he was arrested early Saturday morning in Arizona.

Parry has been charged with suspicion of robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest and driving under the influence, according to police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

“I wish I could be there with you guys to relive the 2016 season. It was an incredible one, filled with a lot of fun moments,” Mariota said in the video. “I’m currently here in Oregon, getting healthy and going through my recovery process. I look forward to getting back to Nashville and getting the 2017 season underway. I think it’s going to be a great one.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will continue to monitor the injury. He initially estimated Mariota would miss four to five months after undergoing surgery Dec. 28 to repair the break suffered in the team’s Week 16 loss to the Jaguars.

“He’s on pace,” Mularkey said, via ESPN. “I’d say probably the thing I am most concerned about him is he’s probably in there 10 to 12 hours trying to get this thing [healed]. He’s probably overworking. I want him to make sure he’s being smart about it. Because you know his work ethic — he’s USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys probably going to try to come back as quickly and better than ever.”

Mariota threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions, completing 61.2 percent of his passes and rushing for two more scores, in his second NFL season before getting hurt.

For Vikings, moving on from Adrian Peterson is just tip of the iceberg

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman laughed at the first question he faced at his press conference at the Combine in Indianapolis this week.

“Wow, I bet a dollar there would be an Adrian Peterson question coming right out of the gate, and I did not get that. I lost,” he said, chuckling.

Spielman literally could have dropped the mic right there, because nothing sums up the mountain of issues the Vikings face this offseason better than that — issues that dwarf Peterson’s all-but-certain departure.

For instance, that first question was about Sam Bradford and, by extension, their quarterback situation.

That’s a fair question to ask if you are going to spend a top-five pick on a running back.

Of the running backs selected with top-five picks since 1980, four have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That list includes Eric Dickerson (1983), Barry Sanders (1989), Marshall Faulk (1994) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2001).

The same goes for eliminating the gray.

Oakland’s defense ranked No. 26 in yards allowed (375.1 per game) during Cheap Raider Jerseys the 2016 Cheap Qld Jerseys regular season. The Raiders were particularly poor against the pass. Despite fielding the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in Khalil Mack, Oakland registered a league-low 25 sacks while surrendering an NFL-high 61 sacks.

Breaking down new-look 49ers: Lynch, Shanahan play it smart with QB and 4-3

The 49ers are rebooting all over again in 2017. So far, they’re off to a smart start with Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

Since Chip Kelly became one-and-done and dragged Trent Baalke out the door with him, the 49ers already have showed signs they struck gold with their new coach-GM combination.

It’s only the second time since the Raiders returned to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995 that they’ve sold out their season-ticket allotment, the Business Times reported. The reasons for fans’ excitement in 2017: The team is coming off its first playoff berth since 2002, the roster is loaded with young talent, and now popular hometown hero Marshawn Lynch will be wearing silver and black.

And though the Raiders’ lease options on the Coliseum run through 2018, owner Mark Davis has hinted that he’d consider playing there in 2019, too, before the $1.9 billion domed stadium in Las Vegas is ready.

Some Coliseum Authority board members are pragmatic, even though the stadium loses $1 million a year on Raiders games. “Keeping the team here means jobs [for Coliseum workers],” board member Chris Dobbins said, adding, “I renewed my season tickets.”

The Browns let Terrelle Pryor go to Washington via free agency and released tight end Gary Barnidge after the NFL Draft, so the top two targets from last season are gone. Who is going to step up? Will it be Cheap Jerseys Team 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman, who battled injuries while catching 33 passes for 413 yards and three TDs last year?

Kenny Britt was brought on via free agency after reviving his career with a 1,000-yard season with Cheap Jerseys To Design the Rams last season. The Browns also released slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, so second-year receivers Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis and Jordan Payton must show development. Tight end is a less of a question mark. First-round pick David Njoku has big upside as a mismatch and should start right away.

Tire swing: The homer that flew through a tire

Al Meau served in World War II, worked as a prison guard and raised 13 kids. He also hit a home run in 1947 that they’re still talking about in Bluefield, W.Va.

“There’s a long history of these kind of things in Boston. I’ve spoke with various players of different eras, and a lot of things they’ve told me, I can’t say.”

As a player, I was only warned about two stadiums where racially motivated comments could occur..Fenway was one…#TruthSucksSometimes

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, among others on social media, called for fans at Tuesday’s game to stand and applaud Jones during his first at-bat. Jones says he’s fine with heckling from fans as long as they don’t cross the line.

“Boo me. Boo the Orioles. But don’t bring in demeaning comments based on race,” he said. “I don’t want no love, no support. I don’t need all that stuff. I just want the fans to be normal. I’ve got two little boys. I don’t want my kids to hear this. I’ve got nieces and nephews that are 10 and 11. How do I explain things?”

“Things like this, they don’t have a place in the game,” Jones continued. “I thought we moved past that a long time ago, but obviously with what’s going on in the real world, people are outraged and speaking up at an alarming rate. It’s unfortunate that I had Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL to be involved with it.”

Jones was one of just 62 African-American players on opening day rosters, and has been outspoken about race in baseball before. Last year, Jones said to USA Today, “Baseball is a white man’s sport,” referring to the low number of black players in the majors.

Mets already feeling the pain in spring training, and that can only hurt them

The Mets didn’t even wait until the end of February to show how fragile they are. That tenuous relationship with health is the main stumbling block in their road back to the National League playoffs.

Half their infield is already down because Cheap Jerseys NBA Jerseys of spring training ailments. Third baseman David Wright is doubtful for opening day with an impingement in his throwing shoulder. First baseman Lucas Duda, who like Wright had back surgery last year, has received cortisone shots in both hips.

Cutler has thrown for 32,467 yards over his career with 208 touchdowns and 146 interceptions. He has 154 TD passes and 109 picks with the Bears, who are 51-51 in games started by Cutler.

The Bears had just one playoff appearance since acquiring Cutler, losing to the rival Packers in the 2010 NFC championship game. And some of Cutler’s worst games have been against Chicago’s arch rival.

Cutler has thrown 16 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions while completing just 56 percent of his passes in 13 career games against the Packers. The Bears have won just two of those games. The Packers, conversely have reached the playoffs in every season since Cutler joined the division, winning the NFC North five times and the Super Bowl after beating the Bears in that 2010 NFC title game.

The Bears tried last month to find a trade partner for Cutler, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract following the 2012 season, but could not find any takers even though his $38 million in guaranteed money had already been paid.

Tim Tebow arrives at Mets camp ready to prove he belongs

The newest arrival at Mets minor league camp held a news conference Monday, and that in itself was quite a departure from the norm.

Tim Tebow, of course, said all the right things as he fulfilled his media duties, a process that comes much more naturally to the part-time television commentator at this point than baseball does.

Houston (23-11) got a quality start from Joe Musgrove, who allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to get the win. RBI doubles by young superstars George Springer and Carlos Correa were the difference in Wednesday’s win.

The Astros have all the makings of a World Series contender with a solid lineup led by Springer, Correa, Jose Altuve and veteran Carlos Beltran. Dallas Kuechel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 5-0 so far this year and heads a pitching staff that is second only to the Dodgers in team ERA.

The Yankees and Orioles may get more attention in the American League, but the Astros should be right there with them as contenders in October.

Robinson Cano went 4 for 5 with a home run and Cheap Jerseys For Sale three RBIs to lead the Mariners to an 11-6 rout of the Phillies. The Mariners scored 21 runs in a two-game sweep of the Phillies and pounded out 15 hits in Wednesday’s win.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia probably wants to pretend Wednesday never happened. Familia entered in the ninth inning of New York’s game against the visiting Giants with the Mets holding a 3-2 lead. Familia then proceeded to give up four runs, three earned, as the Giants avoided a sweep with a 6-5 victory.

Yankees legend Derek Jeter and wife Hannah are expecting their first child

Legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, are expecting their first child together.

In a contributor piece on Jeter’s website The Players’ Tribune, Hannah, who modeled as Hannah Davis, wrote a first-person story about meeting the former baseball player. She kind of buried the lede but eventually made the announcement that the couple is expecting.

“Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future,” she writes.

“I don’t know,” Baker said when asked about his future beyond next season. “Tell you the truth, the way I look at it — between my family, my hunger, between, you know, the prayers that I send up looking for answers and looking for clues — it will come to me, you know? Some of it’s in your control, and some of it’s out of your control.

“If it was in my control, I wouldn’t have been out two years in the first place, but you can’t hire yourself.”

The Nationals lost to the Dodgers in the NLDS last season in a thrilling five-game series. Ace Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young and Trea Turner established himself as one of the best young players in the game.

Baker got even more help this offseason when the club made a huge splash trading for center fielder Adam Eaton. The Nationals were originally expected to spring for Chris Sale, but opted to bolster their outfield and lineup instead.

The report states Baker and the Nationals haven’t begun extension talks yet, but the Cheap Jerseys Baseball discussion could come soon.

Tim Tebow records third multi-hit game — could he earn a promotion?

Tim Tebow seems to be getting into his baseball groove.

The Heisman Trophy winner has been on a hot streak the past few days, including hitting his first career triple Wednesday while going 3 for 4 for the Columbia Fireflies.

The result? Tebow’s batting average is up to .246. However, In the past six games, Tebow has had three multi-hit games while batting an impressive .450 (9 -for 20).

“There are some guys who do really good who get taken away from me halfway through the year,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger said, via The State. “Then there are guys that get taken away really early. It is hard to predict when it happens. A lot depends on what is happening in the level above. Whenever they decide it, he will be ready. He is just working hard, and we are going day by day.”

However, Betts maintained that there are no hard feelings from the two sides not being able to reach a mutual agreement on a contract figure.

“There’s is nothing bad, nothing going on,” Betts said of his new deal. “I still love everybody the same.”

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski put the decision on Betts: “That was Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada his choice, and we just couldn’t come up with a number that he thought was the right number for him.”

Betts, 24, is coming off a breakout 2016 season in which he hit .318/.363/.534 with 31 homers, 113 RBIs and 26 stolen bases and, interestingly, finished second to Trout in AL MVP voting.

His was one of 18 one-year contracts the Red Sox announced Thursday.

Blue Jays nearing deal with Jose Bautista, report says

Jose Bautista could soon find himself back in Toronto.

The free-agent right fielder is nearing a deal that would bring him back to the Blue Jays, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com first reported the details of the contract that are still being negotiated, and a physical is pending. While the club has yet to comment, a deal is expected to be finalized soon.

Bautista, 36, rejected in November a one-year qualifying offer from the Jays worth $17.2 million but hasn’t found many suitors since, in part because of his high asking price and the deep power-hitting market. However, the Blue Jays are eager to retain the franchise icon, especially after losing first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Bautista, who has hit above .300 only once in his career, played in only 116 games in the final year of a six-year, $78 million contract with the Blue Jays. He hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.

When you look at the initial haul of GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, it isn’t all that splashy. But this group is building a foundation for finding that franchise QB, and molding offensive personnel similar to what Shanny had in Atlanta. Garcon is the Mohamed Sanu-like No. 2, Goodwin is the speedy Taylor Gabriel-like cog, Juszczyk is the sneaky swingman, a la Patrick DiMarco, and Hoyer is the Matt Schaub, a pure backup well-versed in the system.

With Kirk Cousins now likely off the table and Jimmy Garoppolo looking like a very difficult trade target, the focus will be figuring out the right franchise passer to draft and pairing him with Cheap Euro Jerseys a young No. 1-type wideout. The latter still could come in free agency, in the form of Terrelle Pryor.