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.

Texans safety Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

Houston Texans safety eagles_335 has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the team announced Friday.

Hal, 26, is undergoing further testing and evaluation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center after he was given a preliminary diagnosis from the Texans’ team physician.

Hal’s teammate, David Quessenberry, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma in 2014, but played in his first NFL game last season.

It was just a matter of letting it kind of heal,” said Betts, whose return was quicker than many had anticipated. We’ll see how I feel after the game today and go from there.”

Betts, who batted leadoff Monday, leads the majors in batting average (.359), on-base percentage (.437), slugging percentage (.750), and OPS (1.187).

Betts also has 17 home runs and 37 RBIs in 48 games.

Without Betts in the lineup, the Red Sox have averaged 4.5 runs a game, down almost a run from their average with him in the lineup.

We talked about it yesterday, me and Mook,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. He feels comfortable that he can compete at this level, the way he is right now. He’s healthy and we agreed to it.”

Shortstop Manny Machado was not in the Orioles lineup Monday.

Steve Wilks: Cardinals “feel good” about Christian Kirk

Arizona coach Steve Wilks confirmed what the team’s statement said Monday about Christian Kirk‘s arrest: The Cardinals knew about the receiver’s arrest, conducted their own investigation and felt comfortable enough with what they found to draft Kirk in the second round.

“Well, I’m not going to go indulge in what he told us, but I will say this, we knew about it,” Wilks said Tuesday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “We did our own independent research on it, and we felt very good about the information that we received and that’s why we moved forward in really drafting him. As I stated before, we want to bring in great character guys, and I think Christian is one of those guys. I think the situation is going to resolve itself here in a couple of months. And with it still being an on-going legal issue, I’m not going to go into it any further than that.”

Basketball has been a deep part of Kyle’s family forever. His parents both played at Central College in Pella, a picturesque small town 40 miles outside of Des Moines that is dotted with churches, parks and basketball hoops.

Pegula, along with husband and co-owner Terry, was rumored to be in the “early stages” of planning the future of the venue, though she specified that may not result in a new stadium being constructed.

“It may be nothing happens,” Pegula said. “It may be we make renovations. It may be that we build a new stadium. But we’ve got to get the information first.”

Nance and Green switch Horford’s pindown for Smart, and then re-switch when Horford screens for Smart up top. Horford knows that second switch is coming. He knows that Nance, about to switch onto him, expects him to roll to the rim. He counters with a delayed fade that completely fools Nance. Problem: LeBron sees that, zooms over like Mario after nabbing a Starman, and annihilates Horford.

If you are going to make that rotation off of Tatum, you’d better make it hard — and with serious airtime to disrupt that swing pass. LeBron’s defensive energy was on another level in Game 3, and it needs to stay there. When he treats Brown as a dangerous shooter, and closes on him fast, he erases Brown’s best looks. When he half-asses it, Brown feasts.ravens_182

“Complicated situation” results in resignation of Panthers defensive backs coach

A strange year for the Panthers is getting even stranger.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller abruptly resigned on Wednesday. Coach Ron Rivera called it a “complicated situation.”

“Matt and I worked together for over 10 years in New England, so there was a lot of time spent together, whether evaluating players, evaluating our own team, just talking about philosophies. We went through a couple years, I’d say in the late 2000s, where Matt and I spent a lot of time on the road together evaluating college prospects. So there were a lot of long drives, lot of hotel stays, a lot of dinners out, so we had a lot of time to bond as friends and as professionals.

“When I made the coaching change in January, Matt was at the top of my list and I was very fortunate to bring him to Detroit because the last couple months have been great. He’s been awesome in the building, the players are responding to him and we have a great feel for how we’re going to do next season.”

The Browns traded him to New England in March.

Shelton, 24, has played 46 games with 44 starts. He made 128 tackles and 1.5 sacks in three years with Cleveland, which selected him 12th overall in 2015.

The NFL says Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regular season games of 2018 because of a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

The league has not released details about whether Ingram has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug or simply a banned masking agent.

The league says Ingram will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, and will be eligible to play in his first regular season game after the Saints visit the New York Giants on Sept. 30.broncos_047_cc230e2c88d4fb10-180x180

Raptors, Blue Jays offer condolences to families of victims in Toronto van attack

The Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays voiced their condolences for the relatives of victims in Monday’s vehicular attack in the city that authorities say killed 10 people and injured 15.

“I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said after Raptors practice on Tuesday. “It’s sickening. It’s just something where my kids could have been there when they’re older, you know what I mean? It’s just a sad time. A sad day. It’s kind of hard to put into words how you feel. It’s just tough.”

The Blue Jays honored the victims, and the first responders who rushed to the scene, with a brief tribute before Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

The attack occurred on Monday afternoon when a 25-year-old assailant drove a van into pedestrians at two locations along Yonge Street, one of the Toronto’s main thoroughfares, in the city’s North York neighborhood north of downtown. The driver was taken into custody by police without shots being fired.

Lowry offered praise to the arresting officer at the scene for his restraint.

“My swing’s there,” Fowler said. “I’ve just been hitting stuff off the end of the bat, not hitting it the way I want to. I’m barreling it, just towards the end.”

St. Louis trailed 2-0 in the seventh and 3-2 in the 10th. Tommy Pham had four hits and scored twice, a day after leaving a game after cutting his head with his bat while warning up in an indoor batting game. He played with a large bandage on his head.

“It could have been worse,” Pham said. “I’m just extremely lucky.”

Jose Martinez walked with one out in the 13th against Paul Sewald (0-1), took second on a single by Marcell Ozuna and scored when Fowler singled to right for his sixth game-ending RBI.

John Gant (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game, pitched three perfect innings of relief for his second big league win. His first was for Atlanta against the Mets on June 17, 2016.

“He was finishing that game,” Matheny said. “He did a good job of finishing that game.”jets_054

Inglewood stadium complex has $5 billion price tag

They say it takes money to make money, but the new NFL stadium being built in L.A. will need to make a lot of money to justify the money it will take to build it.

Via Vinny Bonsignore of the L.A. Daily News, the complex being privately financed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke currently has an estimated price tag of $5 billion. That includes everything that goes along with it in a 298-acre development that will have the stadium as its nucleus.

The Seahawks, even with all the changes to their defense, still need plenty of offensive line help as even more of the burden falls on Russell Wilson. McGlinchey dominated with Nelson in South Bend and would immediately become a rock of a right tackle in Seattle opposite Duane Brown. That would allow Germain Ifedi to slide back to guard, his better position.

The Cowboys are keeping Dez Bryant, but they are lacking a true outside No. 2 who can do everything as a good-hands possession receiver. Ridley would be an upgrade over Terrance Williams and give Dak Prescott a new go-to guy.

“With 20 years perspective looking back, you realize that maybe it wasn’t all me,” Shula told the Miami Herald. “Certainly I had a role in it, but you can’t blame everything on me, either.”

Dave has spent the last two decades as president of the family’s Shula restaurant company, but now he wants to get into the other family business. Wide receivers coach at Dartmouth is a far cry from head coach in the NFL, but Shula is back doing what he loves.

We’re still more than a month away from the 2018 NFL Draft, but we already have seen two teams make aggressive moves up the draft board. The Bills traded left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Bengals to move from pick No. 22 to pick No. 12, and the Jets packaged the sixth overall pick and three second-rounders to the Colts in exchange for the third overall pick.bills_122