NFL suspends 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster two games

The former Olympic sprinter played through his share of adversity in 2017, earning every bit of his new contract. During the season, his son died after complications during his wife’s pregnancy. Five weeks later, Goodwin’s father died before the 49ers’ game against the Titans.

A third-round draft pick by the Bills in 2013, Goodwin holds the third fastest 40-yard dash time (4.27 seconds) in NFL combine history.

2. His essay was titled To the Islanders Faithful. It included a rather lovely valentine to the fan base he spurned, discussing their support for the team and the familial aspect of the community. You’ve got grandparents there with their grandchildren … parents there with their kids … young couples there on first dates … old couples there for, like, 40th wedding anniversaries … just this amazing sense of tradition. And then on top of that, everyone there is also somehow all there together, in a way, as part of an even larger tradition — as part of this … I don’t even know … one, big, crazy, perfect, Long Island thing, he wrote. (OK, wrote.)

He was not the league’s fastest or most athletic safety. Earl Thomas has always been the smoother, more refined of the two Seattle safeties. Chancellor’s style of play was perhaps a better fit for the early years of pro football, when fierce hitters such as Jack Tatum of the Raiders patrolled the secondary, and the Bears’ Dick Butkus and the Steelers’ Jack Lambert were huge hitters from their linebacker positions. Chancellor very much looked like a linebacker when he attacked the run.

The game is different today, which is a good thing in terms of player safety. But for a player like Chancellor, it creates a conundrum.

Would he have been just another safety had he been a more passive tackler? Would he have become a $12 million-per-year safety if not for his aggressive style of play?

Chancellor just hit 30, and the three-year extension he signed last year had not gone into effect when his career-ending injury struck. He will not officially retire until after his injury guarantees kick in fortunately for him, the figures are $6.8 million in 2018 and $5.2 million in 2019.

Those numbers are the other part of the conundrum for Schneider as he deals with the salary cap ramifications over the next two years.

Philadelphia placed right-handed starting pitcher Vince Velasquez on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a right forearm contusion.

Velasquez was hit in the second inning just below the elbow on a liner back up the middle by Washington’s Adam Eaton. Velasquez would eventually record the out by picking the ball up and throwing it lefthanded to first base to get Eaton to end the inning, saving a run from scoring during Philadelphia’s 3-2 victory.

Snellings: It all comes down to the ring. If LeBron leads the Lakers to a title, then it is a huge benefit to his legacy. This would be the third team he has led to a championship, and he’d have done it for the most glamorous organization in the league. But he must lead it to that title. Anything short of that and one of the most rabid fan bases in the NBA would be disappointed and the King’s legacy would be tarnished in ways it wouldn’t have been had he stayed in Cleveland. This was a high-risk, high-reward move for LeBron, who has set himself up to be compared to the ghost of Kobe Bryant every day from now until he wins a ring.

At some point Friday evening, the 1,215th final score of the 2018 Major League Baseball championship season will be entered in the logs. It’s the natural halfway point — peak baseball — when we have as many games behind us as we do ahead.

I will just say stay tuned that next week there will be news on Kap and on Eric Reid, Geragos said on a podcast released Saturday, June 23, but taped before that. That’s all I can say right now. I’m going to say, as you’re listening to this, there will be news next week.

Geragos likely wasn’t referring to the news that the NFL hopes to short-circuit the entire case via a summary judgment motion (more coming on what that means). So the questions remain: Where is the news? And who, if anyone, is going to dime out the NFL?

There is so much irony to Palmer’s injury.

Aside from the continuing belief that the Bengals and their fans aren’t allowed to have nice things, the fact that he was injured by Von Oelhoffen is borderline comical.

After all, the defensive tackle played for Cincinnati his first six years in the league and was knee-deep (see what I did there?) in The Lost Decade that was the Bengals in the 1990s.

Aside from that aspect, a big rivalry had been brewing between the Steelers and the Bengals that year. Pittsburgh, and to a somewhat lesser extent, the Baltimore Ravens, were used to being the big bullies on the AFC North’s block. The other clubs didn’t like this brash, explosive and up-and-coming Bengals team pushing back.

He made two Pro Bowls as the Bengals’ quarterback (2005, 2006) and led them to another playoff berth in 2009 before leaving the club in the 2011 offseason. However, Palmer suffered other significant injuries to his elbow, nose and ankle before his departure.

But if the argument is who would I rather have on my defense in the year 2018? Come on, that choice is easy. Mack all day.

With Mack, you’re talking about a guy with a 40-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump, 4.18-second 20-yard shuttle, and 4.65-second 40-yard dash. The NFL Combine didn’t even exist when Long was a draft prospect in 1981, so we can’t compare numbers — but it’s safe to assume Long’s numbers pale in comparison.

It’s not that Long was an unathletic player, by any means. He was a standout in shot put and discus, and he was even a collegiate boxing champion. But in the last 30 years football players keep getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and Mack is as big, fast, and strong as it gets.

If Mack’s career continues on its current trajectory, he may one day have an argument that he is even better in his era than Long was in the 1980s. But if I need one of them to turn the corner on a modern day offensive tackle, Mack is the choice.

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor might have played his last NFL game, as a neck injury appears to have ended his career.

Although he never used the word retire, a series of tweets seemed to indicate he is moving on from the sport.

To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another, Chancellor tweeted.

The 30-year-old suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and said in May that he would continue playing if his health permitted.

If my body says don’t play, I’m not playing. I’ll listen, Chancellor told 13News Now in May. I’m a very good listener.

It had seemed more likely than not that Chancellor had played his final down. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the end of the season that Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril were going to have a hard time playing football again. Avril also suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and was released in May with a failed physical designation.

The team had no updates on Chancellor’s status over the offseason, other than general manager John Schneider saying that Chancellor was scheduled to have another test in June or July that could provide some clarity on his football future. In his message, Chancellor said his final test showed no healing, indicating that he has yet to be medically cleared to return to football.

Bennett did nothing at UNLV to suggest he was the best pro prospect in what was clearly going to be an empty draft in 201But Cleveland grabbed him anyway, stunning many who had analyzed the draft in advance. What wasn’t stunning: Bennett’s failure with the Cavs, who missed the chance to add a quality piece to a promising young group of players. The team was delighted to include him in a trade to acquire Kevin Love in 2014; Minnesota gave up on him after one season and 57 games.

Other unproductive 1s: Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers, 1998; Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards, 2001; Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers, 2007.

Evaluating Thabeet always was going to be a tricky deal. He stands 7-3, not a common height for elite NBA centers. But he was a game-changing shot-blocker at UConn, helping the Huskies to reach the 2009 Final Four.

Garcia had two doubles and one of two triples for the White Sox, who started the day tied for second in the majors with 23 triples.

Abreu’s RBI were on a groundout, a triple and a sacrifice fly.

Hamels (4-7) gave up a season-high seven earned runs on nine hits, which tied the season high from his previous start. The left-hander matched a season low with five innings amid talk of a deadline trade with the Rangers in last place in the AL West.

The heat’s the heat, said Hamels, whose ERA in home starts went up to 5.83 while that number in day games ballooned to 7.53. It doesn’t really have any sort of effect on locating a pitch. I think it’s a lot of the times you just get into a rhythm or you get outside of your rhythm and you just don’t slow it down.

White Sox: RHP James Shields (3-9, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled for the opener of a three-game interleague series in Cincinnati on Monday. He is 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA in six road games this season, including five starts.

Rangers: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 3.57) is scheduled for the opener of a two-game series against Houston on Tuesday. He pitched five scoreless innings in a no-decision against San Diego on Tuesday.Sabathia, homer-happy Yankees top Boston 8-1 for best record

Iglesias chased Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (10-4) with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.

Happ matched season-worsts by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

It’s not a pretty outing and I own that, Happ said.

Happ had won six consecutive decisions since his previous defeat, May 10 against Seattle.

Teoscar Hernandez tripled in the first and scored on a two-out double by Justin Smoak, but Zimmermann recovered to retire the next nine Blue Jays batters.

For the second straight game, the roof was closed at Rogers Centre because of high heat and humidity.

Randall Cobb knows change is inevitable

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb has made it to the final year of his contract. But he plays for the Packers, so he knows nothing is guaranteed.

The odds were stacked up against me to get my bachelor’s degree. It was a surreal moment, he told the Associated Press. I kind of put it up there with the Super Bowl, neck and neck. Super Bowl probably would have been better if we’d won two in a row. It was a great moment, not only for me but for my son and my family. I’m glad I got to experience it.

The NFL paid Irvin’s tuition as part of a program that encourages players to pursue their degrees during the offseason. Irvin, who turned pro after two seasons at West Virginia, said he wanted his son to see the importance of education.

I think people made the mistake that Mike’s job was to predict what the official on the field was going to rule, and his job really was to give his opinion and his interpretation of the rules with respect to a specific play, McManus told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. When he disagreed a number of times with the officials, I think he was unfairly maligned on social media and it became a running theme. It was a shame and I think it hurt his ability to be considered an expert in this area, which I don’t think was fair.

McManus is definitely correct that maligning Mike Carey became a running theme on social media. But if it was unfair, CBS should have stuck with Carey through the down times and kept him on board, rather than moving on from him after the 2015 season. The reality is, Carey just wasn’t as good at his job as Mike Pereira, who was doing the same job at the same time on FOX, and CBS decided that if it couldn’t beat FOX, it was better not to compete in the officiating analysis department. Now CBS is hoping Steratore can live up to the standard Pereira has set.

Why the NFL suspended Jameis Winston for 3 games

The NFL has completed its investigation into allegations that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped an Uber driver. Winston will be issued a three-game suspension by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Winston has yet to be informed of the official punishment, though.

Winston was never arrested or charged with a crime for this alleged incident. But the NFL’s personal conduct policy is broad and does not carry the same burden of proof as the criminal justice system.

That would be easy for Goodell to say. But he hasn’t. And he won’t. Because he’s scared.

You have to understand this: There was a time when calling Goodell scared was unthinkable.

But now, we’ve heard nothing from Goodell as the NFL has undergone perhaps one of the most blistering attacks on it ever. Goodell and all of his cronies have run scared as Trump has played them for suckers.

How did this happen? Where did Goodell get lost?

Perhaps Owens is even loving every bit of the criticism aimed in his direction since he announced Thursday that he’ll pretty much take a knee on the Hall’s traditional enshrinement christening. Hey, that’s his prerogative.

But it’s a terrible mistake.

It seems like a no-brainer conclusion that Owens, who seemed to crave the spotlight during his heyday, feels like he needs to make some sorry point — at the expense of fellow Hall of Famers and people like George Stewart, his former position coach tapped to present him — by becoming the first (living) Canton-bound enshrinee to not bother to show up.

He already has as much or more WAR than 74 position-player Hall of Famers and more than 56 modern-era Hall of Fame players at any non-pitcher position. That includes modern legends such as Mike Piazza, Vladimir Guerrero, Willie Stargell and Kirby Puckett, or less-recent legends such Harmon Killebrew, Yogi Berra, Hank Greenberg, Joe Medwick or George Sisler.

With backup tight end Luke Willson also gone, Ed Dickson will probably be the starter there.

Graham had more touchdowns last season (10) than Dickson has in his last six seasons with the Ravens and Panthers (six).

Tight end Jermaine Gresham is solid, and running back David Johnson was an All-Pro in 2016, but Gresham (who isn’t much of a playmaker) is recovering from a torn Achilles, while Johnson is also trying to fight his way back from a 2017 season that was lost almost entirely to a wrist injury. 

Even if Johnson bounces back fully, there isn’t much reason to believe anyone else will be a game-changer for Bradford (or Rosen) in 2018.

The Miami Dolphins didn’t have a lot going for them in 2017, but they at least had plenty of talent at the offensive skill positions. Jay Cutler failed to take advantage of that while starting at quarterback in place of the injured Ryan Tannehill. 

One year later, Tannehill is back. But he has a lot less to work with now. 

That’s because the penny-pinching (tanking?) Dolphins traded top receiver Jarvis Landry and released No. 1 tight end Julius Thomas, just months after dealing lead back Jay Ajayi to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Wednesday, reports surfaced that star Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston might be facing a multi-game suspension stemming from an alleged incident involving an Uber driver in Arizona from March 2016.

It’s real positive, really positive, Carroll offered. You guys have watched him, and he’s just such a wonderful kid on your team, and there’s just been a spirit about him about wanting to compete and extra stuff and always at it, and then last year he couldn’t do that, he wasn’t able to.

And now he’s back freed up and ready to go again, so you see all that great spirit and the energy that he generates.

It’s easy to forget just how dynamic Lockett was as a kick-return ace and downfield receiving threat in his first NFL season. There years later, he’s entering the final season of that rookie contract as one of the key cogs in an offense that will have to do more heavy lifting in 2018.

That’s part of the game, Holder said. That’s part of being young and having (minor-league) options. I just took it one game at a time. Go down and work on stuff.

After pitching to a 3.00 ERA in four outings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Holder returned. And ever since he’s been lights out allowing just three unearned runs and nine hits over 22 innings.

MLB trying to scrub NSFW Terry Collins, umpire dispute from Internet

Major League Baseball is trying to remove a leaked profanity-laced video of former Mets manager Terry Collins getting into a dispute with an umpire from a 2016 incident that went viral earlier this week.

Democrats said they had the right by 82 percent to 16 percent, and Independent voters split with 54 percent saying they did and 42 percent saying they didn’t.

Republicans, however, said by a margin of 81 percent to 16 percent that players did not have the right to protest. Black voters backed the players’ rights by 85 percent to 11 percent, and 67 percent of Hispanic voters said they did while 28 percent said they did not.

Trump slams NFL’s ‘disrespectful’ new national anthem policy

White voters said they had the right by 53 percent to 43 percent.

But Ohtani just kept doing his thing, albeit mostly on the West Coast, which meant hundreds of thousands if not millions of East Coast and Midwest fans didn’t get to watch, either because of a clash with sleep schedules or a general lack of awareness.

There was a thought that the All-Star Game would’ve been a great place to re-ignite Ohtani Mania. There seems to be little doubt that Ohtani would’ve found a place on the AL roster. It wouldn’t have mattered whether it was as a pitcher or as a hitter. Anything that would’ve let the greater baseball world watch his greatness unfold in prime time would’ve been great for Ohtani, the Angels and baseball.

Thompson said that fellow Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews was the first person she called after hearing that the photos were out there. Andrews had been through a similar situation when she was photographed nude through a hotel’s peephole in 2008.

Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang says third DUI prompted him to stop drinking

Jung Ho Kang’s third DUI prompted him to get completely sober.

The Pirates infielder said his December 2016 arrest was the final straw and that he has since stopped drinking.

Obviously, I’m not touching a drop of alcohol moving forward, Kang said Wednesday through interpreter Mark Kim, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Look, I am very open with my life and I don’t hide a lot of things, but when it comes to your physical being and intimate photos between you and your boyfriend and things that you sent to someone when you were in a long-distance relationship and in love, it is your private property, Thompson told The Athletic. So it felt — the obvious — like such an invasion. But then the depths I am still taking to get back that privacy are unbelievable. The way I equate is someone came into my home, robbed my home of all its possessions, put it out in the cul-de-sac right in front of me, and I had to buy all of it right back to put back in my house.

A reporter asked him, Winston, I’m sorry, where’s the Winston that has given us illumination and information at past press conferences? Did we do something that you’re down on us again? … We want to talk about your guys, and I’m not quite sure what you want from us to make that happen.

Naturally, the Twittersphere had plenty of thoughts on the uncomfortable situation, taking both Moss’ and the reporter’s side in the standoff.

But Kay called it what it so clearly was not: And that ball is gone! … A three-run blast!

Blast? Paul O’Neill next said, I think everybody’s shocked [it was a home run], even [left fielder] Brett Gardner. … Nobody in the ballpark thinks that one’s out.

Over the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, FOX noted how the generosity of a sponsor would limit the number of commercial breaks. Cool.

But what difference did that make when FOX kept taking us here, there, everywhere — canned features, taped interviews with swing coaches, on-camera chats between anchors and analysts, a taped close-up of 10-over Tiger Woods’ face with analysis, seriously, of what he was looking at — rather than show live golf being played in a major?