NFL official fired for selling balls used during DeflateGate game, according to report

An NFL official has been fired for selling balls used during the DeflateGate game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday on Outside the Lines. The official remains unnamed. There is no word exactly how he tried to sell the balls, or what his asking price was.

Schefter’s report is perhaps one of the weirdest, most complex turns in an already bizarre story that somehow keeps developing. Allegedly, one of the officials working the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts was supposed to take the footballs out of play and send them away to be used to raise money for a charitable endeavor by the NFL. Instead, the official took some Patrick Kerney Authentic Womens Jersey of the balls and sold them himself. According to Schefter, the official had done the same thing in other games he has worked.

Where the report gets especially confusing is when Schefter tries to tie it to an earlier OTL report that a Patriots locker room attendant, named Jim McNally, had tried to put unapproved special teams balls into play against the Colts.

Details of Warren Sapp’s arrest were released in a police report. Sapp allegedly offered two women — one a 23-year-old, the other 34 — $300 each to come up to his hotel room. Both women reportedly took their clothes off in the room, and the 23-year-old began performing oral sex on Sapp while the 34-year-old hid in the bathroom.

The 34-year-old emerged when she heard arguing, according to the report. Sapp allegedly told police that the 23-year-old asked for more money when he asked her if she would have intercourse. When Sapp refused to pay, a fight reportedly ensued, which Paul Richardson Authentic Womens Jersey resulted in Sapp physically removing both women from the room.

Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane will need surgery after suffering a torn ACL in addition to a broken arm suffered during the return of an interception off Tom Brady, according to Nick Shook of Around the NFL.

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Bucs’ Mike Evans looking forward to ‘fun day’ going against Richard Sherman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is gearing up for one of, if not the biggest challenges of his season, and possibly his young career — lining up against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.

“I play some Corey Lemonier Womens Jersey of the best athletes in the world, going at it one-on-one,” Evans said. “That’s great. Hopefully he’ll match me. I’m a big fan of his and I think it will be a fun day.”

At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans is typically a mismatch for most cornerbacks. The exception — the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sherman, considered one of the most physical corners in the league and known for shutting down entire sides of the field during games. He’s been shadowing receivers more though, and is expected to follow Evans throughout the game, no matter where he lines up.

“They played Atlanta earlier, so we got a pretty good picture of it with Sherman and Julio,” said head coach Dirk Koetter. “[Sherman] matched [Jones], and it was a good battle all day.”

Jones was targeted nine times in that game and caught seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Sherman has called Jones “one of the toughest receivers I’ve covered.” He wore Sherman down that day.

“It’s no big secret. In critical situations, teams are Danny Shelton Womens Jersey looking for their No. 1 guy,” Koetter said. “We’re no different than Atlanta or anybody else.”

“I like my guy,” Winston said. “I like my guy in that matchup. Mike is having an amazing year, and that’s just trust. Sherman has been covering a lot of guys his whole career, but at the end of the day, he doesn’t have that connection that me and Mike have. At the end of the day, he still has to defend us and stop everyone.”

Added Koetter: “You can’t have a No. 1 guy and say, ‘We’re not going to him.’ That doesn’t set a very good tone. That doesn’t mean he’s not gonna be covered sometimes — there are good receivers, there are good cover guys — best players in the world, that’s what you compete for … that’s what you go to the game to watch.”

According to Pro Football Focus, Sherman has allowed a passer rating of only 59.1 when targeted, making him the toughest cornerback to complete a pass against. He’s also allowed just one reception out of every 16.2 snaps.

Gun charge against Chris Johnson dropped

NFL free agent running back Chris Johnson will not face any gun charges from his arrest on January 9, after Florida police dropped the charges of open carrying/firearms, a second-degree misdemeanor in the state, according to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. Johnson was pulled over that day for failing to comply with a stop sign, and the arresting officer found Robert Alford Womens Jersey two guns in the vehicle. However, Johnson had a license to carry the weapons.

Johnson had pleaded not guilty to the charges and took to Instagram to tell the world about his innocence once the charges were officially dropped.

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Johnson, formerly of the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets, has been recovering from a gunshot wound after being shot in an unrelated drive-by incident on Sunday morning. The driver of the car was killed, while another man was also wounded. There have not been any arrests made in the case.

They needed to have that kind of success again if they expected to have a chance against Pittsburgh, but they did not.

“Pittsburgh played extremely well and we had opportunities to make a game of this and we didn’t take advantage of them,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “When you are on the goal line, the 1-yard line you have to be able to punch it in. We had opportunities, like I said, to make plays and we didn’t make plays. Credit the Steelers, they made them.”

Hilton redeemed himself with a big 32-yard catch down the middle that gave the Colts the ball at the Steelers’ 2-yard line. But Indianapolis came away with no points because of three failed runs, including a run on which Tolzien tripped just shy of the goal line, and an incomplete pass where the quarterback threw behind receiver Chester Rogers in the end zone on a fourth down play where they had an empty Ryan Schraeder Womens Jersey backfield.

“When you’re that close you have to put them in,” Tolzien said. “I had two chances with the ball in my hand inside the 2-yard line. I just wish I could have punched them in. That’s frustrating because that’s seven points. You can’t have that in this league. You can’t win games when you can’t score from that short.”

The Colts summed up their night on a 19-play, 89-yard drive that lasted 11 minutes, 22 seconds late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

Last year, Johnson played a limited role for the 4-12 Jets. The former superstar rushed for 663 yards on 4.3 yards per carry and one touchdown.

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Buccaneers nickelback Jude Adjei-Barimah has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a league spokesperson.

“I take a lot of pride in the hard work and dedication that I put in all year in preparation Sen’Derrick Marks Authentic Jersey for each season and that is why this situation is so difficult for me personally,” Adjei-Barimah said in a statement.

Jude Adjei-Barimah has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

“As a member of this team, it is very disappointing to have to miss the next four games and not be out there battling with my teammates as we go down the stretch. I apologize to my family, the Bucs organization, my teammates, as well as the fans for this situation. I promise to stay focused and be ready for the last two games of the regular season.

His suspension is effective immediately. He’ll be eligible to return to action for the final two weeks of the season, for games against the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

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McCown, who seemingly gets hurt whenever he plays, has actually posted strong stat lines in games where he T.J. Yeldon Authentic Jersey played significantly. Case in point: In the nine games in which he participated in at least 39 action plays since the start of 2015, McCown’s average stat line is 296 passing yards and just shy of two touchdowns per game. During the course of a full season, that’s a 4,700-yard/28-touchdown campaign.

Antonio Brown ditching cleats in exchange for Steelers’ win

Antonio Brown’s business was noticeably un-boomin’ in the locker room on Friday.

Brown sits atop the NFL receptions Brandon Saad Authentic Jersey rankings with 69 through 10 games, but the seventh-year Steeler seems to sense the gravity of the team’s four-game losing streak.

Speaking at near-whispering tones from his locker, Brown said he’s not doing customized cleats this week.

“Wins this week,” Brown said.

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“I don’t know how many times you’ll hear somebody just really go out on a limb to defend he’s the greatest teammate I’ve ever had,” Lewis said. “I don’t know how many times you’ll hear that. Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality. He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much. But, in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you.”

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The Utah Jazz currently possess more than $13 million in cap space, which makes them even more interesting to watch than they already are when they play.

Reason being: Utah’s cap space can be used to make a robust in-season extension offer to either point guard George Hill or big man Derrick Favors.

And …

Tom Ricketts to reach out to vilified Steve Bartman ‘at the right time’

After putting the Curse of the Billy Goat out to pasture, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is looking to make peace with another one of the historical “ghosts” that have haunted the team over the years.

Having ended the Cubs’ 108-year World Alan Page Authentic Womens Jersey Series championship drought, Ricketts now wants to contact Steve Bartman.

And once Victorino saw Betts play, one player burst to mind.

After making history with the Cubs this season, Kris Bryant added another honor by winning the National League MVP award.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the American League MVP, his second career MVP award by the age of 25.

“This year has certainly been Alex Boone Authentic Womens Jersey one of the best years of my life,” said Bryant, who is set to get married in January. “I mean, winning a World Series, now this. It’s just icing on the cake.”

Voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America was completed by the start of the playoffs. The BBWAA has voted for the award since 1931.

Bryant was arguably the best offensive player on the best team in the game and showed exceptional defensive versatility by playing in both the infield and the outfield.

He hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs in just his second year in the majors, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

The ambiguity about who should win the award, a concept so abstract that it would itself inspire a century of debate, is not, then, an accident. It’s part of what makes the award fun, part of what makes it memorable, part of why players care about winning it more than they care about leading the league in WAR or any other stat. We have a basic faith in the idea of a group of people coming together with their individual perspectives on the world and voting their consciences. We believe that this is how some large truth emerges that an algorithm or a scientist can’t engineer. By one way of considering the voting, there is no such thing as a bad vote that is submitted in good faith.

Brown mentioned nose tackle Danny Shelton, linebacker Christian Kirksey

The difference in what he said and what others have said is that Brown is in his first year, and he and Hue Jackson fully intend to complete the building project in the next two or however many years.

What Brown did do was verbalize the plan, and in three parts:

Change the culture. That Andre Reed Authentic Jersey task mainly fell to Jackson, and Brown said Jackson has done a remarkable job keeping the team in line and playing hard despite the record. Which is a big step in any culture change.

I would like to thank everyone who has been in my corner this season. It pains me to say that I will not get to continue playing this season. My role will change as I can not play but it will not change the goals the team has set out. My support for this team will only grow and I look forward in watching this team grow and fight on. Hate being on the sideline but there is a greater plan taking place. My patience will be tested but I look forward to 2017. My hand will remain in the pile no matter what!

“I would like to thank everyone who has been in my corner this season,” Heyward wrote on Instagram. “It pains me to say that I Brandon Tate Authentic Jersey will not get to continue playing this season. My role will change as I cannot play but it will not change the goals the team has set out. My support for this team will only grow and I look forward in watching this team grow and fight on. Hate being on the sideline but there is a greater plan taking place. My patience will be tested but I look forward to 2017. My hand will remain in the pile no matter what!”

Coates broke out with 421 yards and two touchdowns in his first five games, but he has four receiving yards in his past four games. Coates had zero catches on one target Sunday against Dallas.

With Coates’ injury and veterans Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton (shoulder) still sidelined, Cobi Hamilton is getting first-team reps on the outside alongside Antonio Brown and slot receiver Eli Rogers.

Develop a core nucleus of young talent to build around. The Browns had 14 draft picks in 2016 and have two picks in each of the first two rounds in 2017. The problem here is the ’16 draftees haven’t made a major impact, the quarterback position remains a huge question mark and the Browns let a young core leave via free agency in lieu of building through the draft and compensatory picks.

Commit to the plan. Maintain continuity.

2016 NFL mock draft: A quarterback surprise

We are a little over two weeks away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft and it seems like there is starting to be a consensus on just about all 31 of the players who will be selected in the first round. There are a handful of teams, though, that could really shake things up.

Lee can be another athletic playmaker for Oakland’s defense. He can be used at either weak-side or middle linebacker and give the Raiders a player who can work sideline to sideline. A cornerback will be in consideration here but Lee E’Twaun Moore Authentic Jersey brings a special level of athleticism to the field.

Passing up a quarterback with this pick was a difficult choice. I assume the Rams will draft a quarterback at some point this year and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was Paxton Lynch of Memphis here. But Treadwell has a higher grade and is the best player at his position.

It seems like the target for Detroit will be one of three positions in the first round: offensive tackle, wide receiver or defensive tackle. In the last few years the Lions have used a lot of resources building up the interior of the offensive line with guards Larry Warford and Laken Tomlinson. They could still use a tackle, though. Conklin is a player who could Jimmy Butler Authentic Jersey start his NFL career on the right side before shifting to the left.

With second-year player Vic Beasley expected to line up more as a linebacker this season, the Falcons could use another player who can pressure the pocket up front. Dodd — Beasley’s former teammate at Clemson — is a bigger end who can set the edge and still get into the backfield.

There really isn’t a guard who has value with the No. 18 overall pick for the Colts, so they could look to fill that considerable hole in the second round. In the first, they would be smart to go with Floyd. He’s a fleet of foot pass rusher who has versatility.

Surprised? Maybe you shouldn’t be. The Bills have really gone through the paces on quarterbacks leading up to the draft. Add in Buffalo’s tenuous contract negotiations with current starter Tyrod Taylor and you have a team that’s likely to draft a quarterback. Lynch probably isn’t suited to step into the starting lineup in Week 1, but he showed at his pro day that his footwork is more advanced than many assumed.

There continues to be trade buzz and talk about Jalen Ramsey of Florida State with this pick, but Tunsil is still the smart move.

It seems like Carson Wentz has become the more popular choice for the Browns, but I’m steadfast with Goff. The Cal star is the better quarterback right now, which is a good thing considering how rapidly the Browns churn through quarterbacks. It would be a shock if Robert Griffin III played a full 16 games next season. When he gets pulled or is injured, Goff is more situated to play as a rookie.

Gordon and Ajayi developed a friendship while training together for the draft

Like Ajayi, an injury to veteran running back Danny Woodhead in Week 2 against Jacksonville forced the Chargers to trust Gordon and play him more. The result has been the University of Wisconsin product developing into a workhorse running back that complements Philip Rivers and the passing game.

“His consistency through the game, that’s where you see improvement — his footwork, how he’s hitting the hole and his vision,” Chargers Phil Esposito Youth Jersey offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said about Gordon.

Seattle is already starting left tackle George Fant, who played college basketball at Western Kentucky into 2015.

And Pittsburgh is starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an undrafted free agent from Army who is on his second NFL team.

At a time when many people around the league believe offensive line play never has been shoddier, teams trying to make their playoff push will be relying on castoffs who have engendered confidence in their teams. But the health and success of Kirk Cousins, Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger depend on tackles who have been tossed aside by teams, but not defensive ends.

While the NFL and NFL Players Association already Ray Bourque Youth Jersey had embarked on independent studies to determine the merits of medical marijuana as it relates to pain management, a more liberal allowance for cannabis testing and lesser penalties has been a backroom discussion among a handful of influential owners.

Why some owners? Follow the money.

Marijuana is on a menu of dissolvable items that a few owners have discussed among themselves, in hope of creating incentive for the NFLPA to commence early talks on a possible extension of the collective bargaining agreement that is set to expire in 2020.

“I’m always checking on Melvin every week, just to see how he does,” Ajayi. “I’m so proud of him to come back from last year, where he wasn’t able to score a touchdown and a lot of people were starting to write him off a little bit.”

Alex Rodriguez hit another historic home run

Alex Rodriguez hit another historic home run, Pineda got himself back on track and the New Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 4 victory. Rodriguez’s three-run shot off snapped a 1 tie the third inning and increased his career RBI total to 1, two more than Yankee legend Gehrig and into sole possession of third place on baseball’s all- time list.

Pineda bounced back from a pair of subpar starts, including one to the Royals back on May 15, to yield just one run and strike out eight over 6 3 effective innings. Rodriguez finished 2-for-4 and Brian McCann added a solo home run to help the Yankees deal Kansas City a fourth consecutive loss, the Royals’ longest skid since dropping four a row from Aug. 28 of last. A lot of it was Pineda, but some of it’s us right now, Royals manager Yost said of Wednesday’s setback. We’re not swinging the bats. We’ve cooled off a little bit served up both homers and Joe Panik Jersey allowed all four New runs a six- inning stint which he fanned seven. Moustakas had a solo for the Royals and Alcides Escobar went 3- for-5 defeat. Stepping to the plate after Gardner doubled and walked Headley the bottom of the third, Rodriguez laced a second-pitch slider into the left-field seats to break the deadlock and become the American League’s all-time leader RBI.

The controversial slugger is now one RBI shy of matching Barry Bonds for second place MLB history. You see the guys that he’s passing and it’s really pretty amazing, Yankees manager Girardi said of Rodriguez. Pineda made the lead stand by setting down 9-of-10 hitters after Moustakas had staked the Royals to a quick 1 edge with a first-inning blast over the bleachers right center.

McCann answered inning later by ripping a high fastball from into the second deck right. The big right-hander did get into some trouble the Johnny Cueto Jersey fifth, as a double from Paulo and Escobar’s single put two scoring position with one out after Escobar advanced on a wild pitch. Pineda then fanned both Moustakas and Cain swinging to get out of his biggest jam of the day. Our pitchers really showed up this series against offense that was swinging the bat really well, Girardi said. Kansas City was able to close the gap against Dellin Betances, whose leadoff walk to Cain turned into unearned run when the outfielder swiped second and came home when Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius threw wildly to first on Kendrys Morales’ infield hit. The Royals went down order against the ninth, however, as the Yankee closer notched his 14th save as opportunities. Game Notes New ‘s Carlos Beltran went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.. The Yankees posted their first sweep of the Royals at the current Yankee Stadium and first at home against Kansas City since April 11, 2006.. Pineda gave up a -high 10 hits and five runs over 5 3 innings his May 15 loss to the Royals.. The Yankees homered eight times while putting up 23 runs for the series.. had recorded a 0 over his previous four starts and entered Wednesday’s matchup holding opposing hitters to a major league-low.142 average on the.