Danny Farquhar’s ‘miracle’ recovery continues with first pitch before White Sox game

Danny Farquhar returned to Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night to make a much-anticipated mound appearance.

The White Sox reliever threw out the first pitch before his team’s game against the Brewers, six weeks after he suffered a brain hemorrhage in the Sox’s dugout during a game.

Farquhar looked healthy as strode to the mound accompanied by his wife and children. With his fellow White Sox standing behind the mound, he threw a strike from the rubber to fellow pitcher Nate Jones (who recorded the final three outs of an 8-3 White Sox victory three hours later):

I prepared myself for today, Farquhar told reporters, per MLB.com. The thing that caught me off guard was the whole team coming out to the mound.

Farquhar told ABC’s Good Morning America that doctors have called him a miracle and told him he is lucky to be as functional as he is after suffering the hemorrhage, which was caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

Farquhar, 31, is working to resume his career next year. He will miss the remainder of the 2018 major league season.

I look forward to taking on Mr. Adams and hopefully take his crown, said Webb, a catcher who played varsity baseball as a freshman in high school before dropping the sport. I don’t know if I’m gonna win, but I got to let him know I’m there, you know?

Andrews, who received a baseball scholarship to Furman before opting for football at UConn, did not sound concerned with the 23-year old quarterback.

Well, that’s on Webb, Andrews said, chuckling. We’ll see what happens. I don’t think he’s gonna win it. I got it. Don’t worry about it. They’re all gunning for me.

A year ago, Webb and his fellow rookies arrived at the baseball field halfway through Adams’ home-run barrage. Hawkins was next on the schedule, firing windmill pitches to whoever was brave enough to step in against her.

The players were all gathered up in a group, we saw her throw one and we were like ‘Ugh,’ Webb said.

The Eagles beat Donald Trump by doing what the NFL owners wouldn’t: Ignore him

The Eagles beat Donald Trump by doing what the NFL owners wouldn’t: Ignore him More The Philadelphia Eagles beat President Donald Trump. They slipped the punch, and he wound up swinging so hard at the air that he fell on his face. It’s a useful lesson, a timeless one even. When you’re up against a crotch-kicker and an eye-gouger, what do you do? NFL owners confronted that question and decided the best strategy was to try to placate, and they got leg-whipped for it.

It was entirely their own fault, for deciding that a president who called their players sons of bitches somehow would play by their rules. The Eagles were smarter. They understood that an eye-gouger counts on an adversary who will come in close. A crotch-kicker needs an opponent. Without one, what is he? 

There’s a chance Rodgers’ compensation changes soon, but until that happens he’ll be the league’s most underpaid highly paid player. 

I keep in good contact with all of them. I got pretty close to them (last season). They’re really good friends of mine and I wish them the best. The Vikings signed Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract to become the starting quarterback.

Even though he’s trying to recover from a sophomore slump, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is still just a year removed from an Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign in which he posted the highest qualified rookie passer rating (104.9) in NFL history. And he was still the most valuable offensive player on the team in 2017, according to PFR. 

All that matters, though, is that Prescott is a bona fide starting quarterback in the NFL and he’s making just $680,848 a year. An incredible 72 quarterbacks make more on an average annual basis than the 2016 fourth-round pick, and he’s without a doubt the lowest-paid projected 2018 starting signal-caller in football. 

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris is an interesting case here, because he’s the first player on this list who has signed a second NFL contract.

Manziel wasn’t shoved into the lineup until Week 15 of his rookie season.

He has just eight NFL starts to his name, so his numbers can’t be compared to other QBs on this list. Those starts were pretty ugly, though, and Johnny Football busted miserably in Cleveland. The fact that he hasn’t played a game since the 2015 season is enough for a failure stamp.

Like Bortles, Bridgewater spent the first two weeks of his career on the bench before coming in as relief in Week 3. After that, he was named starter for the rest of the season.

If the latter happens, Kentucky will have a case for the No. 1 place in these rankings, despite losing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo to the draft. And if they all go, Kentucky could still begin the season among the top five teams in the country.

Don’t assume Okoronkwo will crack the starting lineup even though it’s weak. Late-round picks just don’t get shots to start in the modern NFL. Two of Longacre, Ebukam and Price are likely to play more snaps this season than Michael Brockers, who has somehow become the third man on the defensive line.

Griffin’s situation in Washington was the same as that of Luck in Indy. RGIII was drafted to be the guy, also with good reason.

You know the rest, but we’ll tell you anyway: Offensive Rookie of the Year, voted to Pro Bowl, led Redskins to the playoffs, highest passer rating ever for a rookie QB…the list of Griffin’s early accomplishments goes on. The injuries that ended Griffin’s Washington tenure don’t take away from the immediate success he saw.

Kind of. Tannehill set Dolphins rookie records for passing yards, attempts and completions. He didn’t ruin Miami’s season, but he didn’t exactly turn the franchise around, either. Years later, the jury somehow remains out on Tannehill as an NFL QB. But the beginning was rocky.

Smith had a pretty good rookie season for Jets standards, and a little improvement toward the end of the year had New York fans feeling optimistic. That wore off after Year 2, and the Jets eventually gave up on Smith and moved on.

Jonathan Stewart willing to mentor, preparing to play

Well before the draft, it was reasonable to suggest the Giants were enamored with Saquon Barkley.

So they were careful to find a mentor for him, who could potentially be an upgrade over what was there previously in his own right.

Via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, veteran running back Jonathan Stewart said he’s willing to mentor the No. 2 overall pick, but will also be worrying about his own responsibilities.

When will we learn the fact of life? Once we cease to follow the money, we’re off the trail; we’ve lost the scent.

Despite what we have been told, the NFL owners’ ruling last week — that conspicuously protesting the national anthem will result in team and/or player fines — has no more to do with Donald Trump than it does with Barack Obama, George Washington or Millard Fillmore. Instead, it has everything to do with money.

Since the sideline protests began, tens of thousands of NFL fans and customers have exercised their right to counter-protest. TV ratings and ticket sales are Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men down. That creates a clear and present economic danger to the NFL.

Stewart’s also smart enough to know that he’s transitioned from his days as a bell-cow back, and is there as a complement to one of the most promising backs in years.

Tramaine Brock didn’t play much last year, but confident Broncos got a “good player”

Chris Harris and Bradley Roby are the top two corners in Denver, which leaves Brock, Brendan Langley and 2018 third-round pick Isaac Yiadom to compete for playing time. A full offseason of work should help Brock’s chances of emerging from that competition with a line on regular playing time.

Coach Jay Gruden said Allen could do everything in Organized Team Activities, but they’re purposely taking it easy on him because they want to make sure he’s peaking at the right time, which is in September, not May.

Adam Gase: Ryan Tannehill wasn’t worried about Dolphins drafting a quarterback

The Dolphins visited with the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, and they talked to Ryan Tannehill before the draft about what it would mean for his future if they chose a quarterback in the first round. But Tannehill wasn’t concerned.

That’s the word from Dolphins coach Adam Gase, who said this morning on PFT Live that Tannehill has always had the right attitude about focusing only on the things he can control.

That’s certainly good news for the Colts and their fans. Even when he returns, Luck will have to work hard to return to game form after missing so much time.

There were some things we couldn’t possibly project. Nobody could have predicted that Karlsson would score on 23.4 percent of his shots, if only because that’s an incredible outlier. What we should be reminded of, though, is just how much variance and small samples can mean in an 82-game season, let alone a 16-game football campaign. Karlsson was a cast-off Columbus foisted onto Vegas along with a first-round pick in an attempt to hold on to forward Josh Anderson.

The Pick This team is just too loaded to pick against. If the Saints just finish around 15th in terms of points and yards allowed per game, the offense will produce enough to help them win. If the defense is good again — and there’s reason to believe it will — then the sky is the limit for this team. 10 wins is a lot in the NFL but I wouldn’t bet on the Saints winning less than that in 2018, especially with four wins likely out of the gate before their bye. Even a conservative/pessimistic breakdown of their schedule can get you to 10 wins.

Gase believes Amendola is making the Dolphins better even before he starts catching passes.

“Any time you can get a guy who can not only produce for you but can be a great example for other guys in your locker room, he’s making other guys better,” Gase said. “He makes 24 other offensive guys better if they watch him work.”

The 32-year-old Amendola spent the last five years in New England before moving on this year, and Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys the Dolphins like the winning Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys attitude he brings from the Patriots.

Predatory LeBron, the center battle and more keys to Celtics-Cavs

Everyone has their favorite games within series. Game 1 of some series — including Houston-Golden State — can take an outsized importance. Game 5 of a 2-2 series is pivotal. After that, one team will be facing elimination, so the stakes are naturally higher.

In Game 3, Thompson and Nance stopped worrying about Boston’s ball handlers, aside from perhaps a token pause of recognition, and tracked Horford wherever he went:

They vaporized Horford. He took four shots. A total of 19 Boston possessions ended directly via a Horford pick-and-roll, meaning one of the two participants — or a Celtic player one pass away — finished the trip with a shot, turnover, or drawn foul, per Second Spectrum tracking data. That player was Horford only three times. Only one of those three possessions produced a good shot.

Before Game 3, Horford had been the last Celtic to touch the ball on almost 30 percent of possessions in which one of his screens led directly to a shot, according to Second Spectrum.

There is a lot more going on here.

Not to be dismissed is the story that claimed Belichick last season was restricting access of Brady’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, which reportedly peeved Brady. I believe there was plenty of fire causing the smoke that was that story. Brady also can’t be happy about the departures of Nate Solder, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis in free agency, plus the trade of wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

Brady has been sending mixed messages this offseason. “I plead the Fifth,” he said earlier this month when asked whether he feels appreciated by the Patriots. His follow-up to that quote “Everybody in general wants to be more appreciated at work. (Belichick) is not the easiest coach to play for, (but) he’s an incredible coach, we’ve Cheap Reversible Jerseys had Cheap Pirates Jerseys a great relationship and he’s the best for me.” got less attention.

Vikings wideout Cayleb Jones hit with PED suspension

Maybe since they were working over the Best Cheap Jerseys From China weekend, the NFL office thinks today is Friday.

The league announced that Vikings wideout Cayleb Jones had been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Jones has spent the last two seasons on the Vikings practice squad.

B.J. Hill, DL North Carolina State: Another needed piece to anchor New York’s new three-man base front. A four-year starter who averaged nearly 50 tackles over the past three seasons, Hill is a good athlete who’s quick on his feet but needs to get stronger. Only posted eight career sacks for the Wolfpack, so he has work to do if he’s going to get snaps on passing downs. 

Technically, no discussions are supposed to occur before the draft ends. As a practical matter, discussions always start before the draft ends. As one source explained it to PFT, the discussions this year began during the sixth Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China round.

This gave teams and agents several hours to lay the foundation for the the deals that eventually were done. And many of the deals were done before the draft ended, subject of course to the player actually being drafted.

Troy Apke is the white guy who ran a 4.35-second 40 and left Deion Sanders flabbergasted. And Prime Time was the only person on Earth surprised by Apke’s blazing sprint. The rest of us are highly evolved citizens of a post-racial utopia who show no surprise or amusement whatsoever at such things. So let us all cluck our tongues at Sanders one last time and congratulate ourselves for transcending old preconceptions and stereotypes. Tsk-tsk. With that, we conclude this capsule by saying Apke is a straight-line athlete. Wait…is that a cultural stereotype too?

Double trouble TEs? Eagles select Dallas Goedert

Philadelphia wasted little time to fill the void of tight end Brent Celek, whom the Eagles released on March 13.

The ambiguity is especially challenging for defensive players, who know they might wind up falling if other teams make aggressive moves to draft quarterbacks.

Derwin James, the versatile safety from Florida State, said he’s been joking with fellow prospects since they arrived in the Dallas area earlier this week, trying to predict where everyone will end up. James has no idea if one of his scenarios — with USC quarterback Sam Darnold going No. 1 to Cleveland followed by N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb to the Giants — could come true. Other players have answered back to James, foreseeing him with the Buccaneers, who currently own the No. 7 pick.

We don’t even know No. 1. Anything can happen, James said.

It was a cool moment. It gets cooler.

Shortly after hanging up the phone, Goedert, a tight end from South Dakota State, was officially announced as the Eagles pick on the television broadcast by ex-Eagles kicker David Akers, who was on stage at the draft in Arlington, Texas. Quickly, Goedert received a few text messages. It might have been from a 701 area code, from Bismarck, N.D.

Carson Wentz nearly won the NFL MVP award last seson. He’s a XX-year old star in the midst of a long Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada recovery process to heal his injured knee in time for the start of the season in September. He has things to do.

He took the time to send those text messages Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl to Goedert anyway. He sent out a supportive tweet, too.

Unless they trade back to acquire more picks.

The Saints gave up the 27th overall pick, a fifth round pick (147th overall) and next year’s first round selection to the Packers to move up and select Davenport.

Wow. Giving up a future first round pick for a raw pass rusher seems like a bit of a stretch for the Saints. After the trade was made, a lot of people were thinking it would be Lamar Jackson’s name that would be called, making him Drew Brees’ protege.

After the Lions lost out on a lot of defensive talent over the last nine picks, Quinn and Matt Patricia went with a big surprise in grabbing center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas.

Ragnow stands at 6’5, 312. His selection will move Graham Glasgow over to guard on the offensive line. It was thought by many they make take offensive guard Will Hernandez and keep Glasgow at center, but Quinn went the other way with it.

For their troubles, the Raiders took the 15th overall pick, a third round pick (No.79) and a fifth round pick (No.152) from Arizona.

Fitzpatrick becomes the first player selected from the national champion Crimson Tide. This young man has the size, speed and instincts to play just about anywhere in the secondary. He’s also a very good run-stopper.

This is a guy that was on the radar of many Lions fans, as Vea is an immediate starter in the NFL on the defensive line at 6’4, 347 pounds.

He’s a bit of a surprise to the Bucs, who spent a lot of time in the offseason reworking their defensive line (signing Jason Pierre-Paul, among others), but it doesn’t matter. This dude’s going to play and play well.

The first game of the regular Thursday Night Football schedule sends the Ravens to Cincinnati against the team whose last-minute touchdown in the season finale in Baltimore Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and put the Bills in. Tyler Boyd Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys might need to keep his head on a swivel.

I said,’Congratulations. See you in New York,’ Barkley said. And we said we look forward to playing each other.

A few minutes later, after they put their signature on dozens of blank sheets for trading cards, Barkley playfully took the Giants cap off his head and put it onto Darnold’s — before, with a quick flick of his wrist, taking it off to return it where it belonged.

It isn’t hard to imagine the two of them, decades from now, reliving this night for a documentary maker. But, hours after stepped into the NFL Draft spotlight, they looked exhausted. They just wanted to meet their families, celebrate again and then get some sleep.

Barkley was waiting on that freight elevator at AT&T Stadium for Darnold, who wrapped up his final interview and jumped inside. Then the doors closed slowly behind them.

The long night was over. The link between the two young players was just beginning, and will last forever.

No date was circled at the moment of the schedule’s release Cheap NFL Jerseys USA faster than the Titans’ Week 10 home game against the Patriots was circled by Malcolm Butler. Bill Belichick benched Butler in the Pats’ Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles, for still-hazy reasons. Butler signed with the Titans in the offseason. Dion Lewis also left the Patriots for Tennessee in free agency. Former Patriots player and coach Mike Vrabel coaches the Titans. Their combined chips will never outweigh Butler’s.

The Raiders will open at home against the Rams on Monday night in Jon Gruden’s return to coaching. They don’t face another 2017 playoff team until Week 13… again at home, against the Chiefs. The Chargers, their AFC West rival, play three playoff teams in a row to start the season, then none until, also, Week 13, in Pittsburgh.

Where’s Cam, as in Cam Newton, one of the league’s most prominent, recognizable faces, the MVP three years ago when the Panthers reached the Super Bowl, a top jersey-seller his entire career? Newton’s Panthers made the playoffs last year and have a fair chance to go back again this year, yet he and his team will play in prime time just twice in 2018. That’s three fewer than Jimmy Garoppolo. The first isn’t until Week 11, on a Thursday night, in Pittsburgh. The second is a Monday night in Week 15 against the Saints in Charlotte, a rematch of their wild-card game last January. Is it him, or the stench of the franchise being sold Best Quality Cheap Jerseys by its disgraced owner, or some combination of the two? Either way, it’s bizarre.