Former Eagles coach Dale Haupt dies at 88

Dale Haupt, the Eagles’ defensive line coach from 1986-94, died at 88, the team announced.

Haupt had a 16-year coaching career in the NFL, spending eight years (1978-86) with the Chicago Bears. Haupt coached Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, and Reggie White while Buddy Ryan and Rich Kotite served as Eagles’ head coach.

On Trump’s tweets : “It wasn’t the first time he said something crazy. I didn’t take it too personally, because I had already dealt with plenty of backlash on social media. I think what you saw was locker rooms getting upset and getting behind their teammates. I think it was a wake-up call to come to our defense. Because up until that point they hadn’t.”

For the rest of Jenkins’ interview, check it out at The Atlantic .

Oh, plenty of them stuck around, but even most of them had stayed in their seats to serenade  Rory McIlroy — the clear fan favorite here — with chants and cheers as he walked off the 14th tee nearby. Reed arrived to tepid applause, and when he made that eagle, the roar felt nothing like the back-nine ovations that typically shake the pine trees here.

Reed’s next eagle, on the par-5 15th hole, did just that. But how could it not? He chipped in from about 100 feet, punctuating it with the kind of fist pump and primal scream that somebody else made popular here during his prime. Reed doesn’t look like Tiger Woods.

He’s just playing like him.

And that begs the question: Why do so many golf fans hate the guy? It can’t just be that he’s cocky (hello, Tiger) or a bit doughy (sorry, Phil). It can’t just be that he’s surly, because the list of Masters champions who weren’t exactly huggable is long and distinguished. bills_047

NFL free agent news: Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

The Colts added a playmaker Monday, announcing a two-year deal with tight end Eric Ebron.

Ebron, the 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Lions, was released by Detroit last week. Ebron hauled in 61 receptions for 711 yards in 2016, and followed that up with 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Indianapolis already has Jack Doyle on the roster, and he caught 80 passes for 690 yards and four touchdowns last season. It’s possible Ebron will see time in the slot this season.

After the Clippers were badly beaten 117-95 by the Jazz in Utah on Thursday night, Doc Rivers gave his team the day off before playing the Nuggets.

“Watched film, watched the Masters, went out and played nine,” Rivers said. “What can you do? We don’t have enough bodies in practice. You’ve got to get your mind ready.”

Nuggets: Host the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night.

Clippers: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

Check out the team sites for the Denver Nuggets and the LA Clippers for more game coverage.

It looks like ESPN has found their next former head coach to break down the game.

According to The Athletic, the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” is hiring John Fox as an NFL studio analyst.

Fox was fired by the Bears in January after he went 14-34 in three seasons with Chicago.

He has a 133-123 record in his career and was the head man for the Panthers when they went to the Super Bowl in 2003. Fox also coached the Broncos when they made it to the Super Bowl in 2014.

Brooklyn made 19 3-pointers Thursday in a win against Milwaukee. Its previous season high was 21 in a Feb. 10 loss to New Orleans.

Joe Harris made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Nets, who were 24 for 55 from deep.buccaneers_087

X Factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

Fantasy baseball players of all kinds make tough choices every day. Whether you’re locking in a DFS lineup looking for a potential 3-HR bat or need a solid innings-eater for your season-long points league to help win your matchup, you need as much information as you can get every day of the MLB season. That’s where X Factors comes in, using a proven projection system known as THE BAT, using methodologies like those employed in major league front offices to project players in each day’s matchups.

We’ll provide updated projections every day, so check back before setting your daily lineups.

The Coyotes brought up D Joel Hanley on emergency recall from Tucson, their AHL affiliate, in time for Saturday’s game. … C Clayton Keller, a rookie and the team’s leading scorer this season, was voted Coyotes Most Valuable Player for the season as voted on by local media. … Ducks C Antoine Vermette and F Troy Terry played Saturday, Vermette’s first game since March 23 and Terry’s second of the season. F Jason Chimera and F J.T. Brown were scratched. … A moment of silence was held in remembrance of lives lost in the fatal bus crash involving a junior hockey team in Canada Friday night.

The Wolves brought energy and crisp ball movement, but they clearly carried some pressure with them during an ugly start filled with turnovers and misfires. They made only four of their first 16 shots from the field, and boos circulated in the arena as Omari Johnson’s jumper put the Grizzles in front 24-14. Butler missed a short bank shot as he was fouled and bricked the first free throw, too, causing him to growl in disgust as he reached the bench early in the second quarter.

The Wolves, though, used a 20-4 run to lighten the mood a little in the arena. Derrick Rose (13 points), Dieng (11 points) and Tyus Jones (eight points) combined to produce a solid output from the second unit.

“We were just playing soft. We tend to do that from time to time,” Butler said. “Whenever we play hard, a lot of good things happen.”

The Wolves lost power forward Taj Gibson in the first quarter to a neck injury he suffered in the previous game and tried to play through. He left for the locker room without returning to the bench.buccaneers_071

Cowboys rework TE Jason Witten’s contract, create $10M in cap space this week

The Cowboys have restructured 11-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten’s contract, bringing to more than $10 million the amount of salary cap space they’ve created in the past week, The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday, citing unidentified sources.

By reworking the four-year extension Witten, 35, signed almost exactly a year ago, the Cowboys added some $3 million in salary cap space to go with the roughly $7 million they created earlier in the week by reworking center Travis Fredrick’s contract.

“It’s been the case all season. Our defense has never been consistent enough,” coach Frank Vogel said.

Milwaukee won its second straight game without Antetokounmpo, who is resting a sore right ankle. Both victories came against 50-loss teams.

They got a huge lift on Monday from Bledsoe, with help from Muhammad and Jason Terry off the bench. They helped push the Bucks on the 20-6 run over the final 5:27 of the third to build a 74-67 lead.

But the team that Vegas sportsbooks are paying the most attention to is their hometown team.

Most sportsbooks are carrying liability on Stanley Cup wagers for the Knights that range from 300-to-1 to 500-to-1, and would suffer six- or seven-digit losses if Vegas hoists the Cup.

“I figured the tickets were just souvenirs,” MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood told ESPN in January, citing the popular novelty of saving the evidence of a preposterous wager to share with friends. “It’s probably the most liability of any team [of any sport] during my 10 years here.”

The Westgate is also currently offering a Field vs. Golden Knights prop, which moved heavily on Monday morning to Field -2000 and Golden Knights +1000 to win the Cup.

“It was one mistake there,” Bundy said of this outing, “but I gave up more runs than we had, so that’s baseball, I guess.”

Manny Machado hit a third-inning homer for the Orioles, who went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12.

“We just couldn’t get that big knock,” manager Buck Showalter lamented.buccaneers_011

Su’a Cravens traded to Broncos

So much for Washington not trading Su’a Cravens.

Cravens, the Washington safety who was drafted in the second round in 2016 and didn’t play at all in 2017, has been traded to Denver.

The number one thing which was endorsed repeatedly by our membership was the integrity of our game though. We have to make sure that whatever environment we’re working in — and some of that might be related to what the Supreme Court decides, some of it may be future legislation – we need to make sure we’re operating in an environment where we can protect that integrity of our game. We recognize that we’re dealing in an environment here where we don’t know what the Supreme Court is going to do and we don’t know how other issues are going to resolve, but we wanted to make sure our clubs fully understood what we’re doing to make sure we’re prepared for that.

The former second-round pick has appeared in just two games for Dallas, registering nine tackles and one sack. It’s unclear whether the Cowboys would welcome Gregory back. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said in February the franchise couldn’t count on Gregory being part of its future plans.

And if Bell doesn’t budge on his contract demands, he’ll again play under the franchise tag — this time for $14.5 million — and then will earn considerably less than that in 2019, whether that’s in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.

We’d love Reuben to be on this team, York told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. And we’d love him to participate for us. But if he’s not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him — or he’s doing something that we’re not comfortable with off the field and it’s proven that’s what’s going on — I think the guys have said then you’re just going to have to move on. patriots_105-223x223

Broncos might find out in May if they will host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

NFL officials have been surveying the city of Denver as a potential candidate to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis told the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala on Monday.

His best offer out of high school, however, was Fairleigh Dickinson. His first full season as a starter, he helped FDU break an 11-year NCAA Tournament drought. Seeking a bigger stage, he transferred to Loyola-Chicago — doing so without even visiting the city — and, in his first season as a starter, helped that program end a 33-year tournament drought.

Townes is 151-39 as a starter in high school and college. That record, more than anything Townes could say, is the perfect rebuttal to the big programs that didn’t offer him a scholarship.

I don’t have anything to say to them, he said. I feel like I could have helped any program, but it was just a longer journey. I ended up at a good program, and as everyone can see now, I’m helping a team go to the Final Four. I’m happy where I’m at now.

According to Gurley, there would be no concerns about fitting Beckham into Sean McVay’s offense led by himself and Jared Goff. There’s plenty of work to go around.

It wouldn’t be the start of a Major League Baseball season without Mike Francesa and Chris Mad Dog Russo going back and forth on over/under win totals for the upcoming campaign.

After years of the tradition on WFAN, times have changed. Now with Francesa no longer having a daily radio show, it wasn’t clear if the long-time host would put out his baseball thoughts before the season.

Thanks to an invitation on Russo’s MLB Network show, High Heat, fans had the chance to see the former duo together doing what they do best.

Here are some highlights from their selections, including the Yankees, Mets and Phillies.

Russo on the Mets: Over 82.5.patriots_014-223x223

Is 2018 a make-or-break year for Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett became head coach of the Cowboys during the 2010 season. His ability to extend his tenure beyond 2018 could hinge on whether the team makes it to the playoffs in 2018.

Five of Jacksonville’s six 2017 Pro Bowlers were below the age of 28, so there’s little reason to believe one of the league’s youngest and deepest teams won’t be even better in 2018. But all of the teams surrounding them in the top 10 spots of these rankings are more secure at the quarterback position, because there are still legitimate questions regarding Jags starter Blake Bortles.

Blake Bortles, the 2014 No. 3 pick, salvaged his career with a half-decent 2017 season that included a pair of strong road playoff performances in Pittsburgh and New England. Still, he was the league’s 13th-lowest-rated passer among 32 qualifiers.

If Bortles excels in his fifth season, the Jaguars can win it all. If he struggles, they’ll likely linger as a talented second-tier contender. But they’re so stacked that they’ll be competitive either way.

The Atlanta Falcons weren’t themselves in 2017 after blowing Super Bowl LI. And while that offense might never get back to where it was under Kyle Shanahan in 2016, the Falcons still have Matt Ryan under center, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman surrounding Ryan and one of the best young defenses in the NFL.

Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones and Keanu Neal were dominant at all three levels for that unit in 2017, and all remain below the age of 25. That speedy, athletic D ranked in the top 10 in points and yards allowed in 2017, and it should be better even without departed veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Look for the offense to bounce back at least a little bit in Steve Sarkisian’s second season as offensive coordinator and for the Falcons to give the Rams, Vikings, Saints and Eagles a run for their money now that they’ve recovered from their Super Bowl hangover.

The Detroit Lions approached free agency like a team that would be satisfied with a third consecutive 9-7 season in 2018. In with DeShawn Shead, out with D.J. Hayden. In with Devon Kennard, out with Tahir Whitehead. In with Luke Willson, out with Eric Ebron.jets_037