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

Ray Lewis Says Odell Beckham Jr. ‘Removed God from His Life’

Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis offered a head-scratching assessment of Odell Beckham Jr.’s situation as doubt hovers around the wide receiver’s future with the New York Giants.

Speaking on FS1’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd (h/t The Big Lead’s Bobby Burack), Lewis said, “Where there’s no God, there’s chaos.” Lewis added Beckham “has removed God from his life.”

It’s been a great story and all, but matched up with the playoff-experienced Kings — a team that emerged victorious in the last two contests between the clubs — the Golden Knights’ storybook season could abruptly conclude in the first round. If not, forward William Karlsson and his 43 goals (35 assists) on the season project as a valuable commodity, along with linemates Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault. On the blue line, young Shea Theodore stands tall in amassing nine points on 38 shots in his final 10 games.

David Tepper, the hedge-fund billionaire whom many N.F.L. owners pointed to as the preferred choice to buy the team, will not increase his offer to meet the current asking price of $2.5 billion, which makes it unlikely that he will win the ongoing auction for the club, according to two people with knowledge of his interest in the team.

Tepper’s decision comes a few weeks after Michael Rubin, the owner of the online retailing giant Fanatics, bowed out. Both men could return to the bargaining table if Richardson decided to accept a lower price.

Their apparent departures narrow the field to two for membership in the most exclusive and expensive owners club in North American sports: Ben Navarro, who owns Sherman Financial Group, an investment firm; and Alan Kestenbaum, the chief executive of Bedrock Industries, which owns and operates metal and mining companies.

According to several people familiar with the auction, Navarro is believed to have offered $2.6 billion, though it is unclear whether he needs the help of other investors to cover that price.bills_016

Andrew Luck Says Pushing ‘A Little Too Hard’ Contributed to Arm Injury Setback

Andrew Luck offered a mixed update regarding the recovery of his injured shoulder Monday, saying he “pushed a little too hard” during his fall rehabilitation and “paid for it,” according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.

“I’m not a perfect feeling athlete yet,” Luck noted, per Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com. “Don’t wanna put myself through this again, so I’m continuing to work on my throwing technique.”

Luck, 28, missed the entire 2017 season after requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum before the season. When healthy, he’s established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the game, throwing for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in the 2016 campaign.

In the past three seasons, however, injuries have been the primary storyline in Luck’s career. He also missed nine games in 2015 due to a lacerated kidney.

As for his current recovery, Luck noted there’s a timetable for when he’ll return to throwing and doesn’t expect to do much over the summer, per Kravitz.

Fox reached an agreement with the NFL in January to broadcast Thursday night games for the next five years — excluding Thanksgiving day games.

Color Rush was introduced during the 2015 season when Nike specially designed alternate uniforms for eight teams in four games: The Panthers , Titans , Cowboys , Rams , Bills , Jaguars , Jets, and Buccaneers .

Some really liked the new uniform twist, but plenty of fans didn’t. Among those who were unhappy were fans with red/green color blindness, who complained about a matchup between the Jets and Bills being difficult to watch.

Nike and the NFL worked out most of the kinks and rolled out alternate uniforms for all 32 teams in 2016. Some earned positive reviews , others were terrible — looking at you, Jaguars . But those days are over now, according to Fox.rams_090

Eric Reid is making his first free-agent visit.

The ex- San Francisco 49ers safety is slated to meet with the Cincinnati Bengals , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the visit.

Reid, a 2013 first-round pick, spent his entire five-year career in San Francisco, compiling 318 tackles, 10 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and one sack.

Having won it all twice in the past six years, this experienced squad is a serious threat to meet up with the Predators in the Western final.

Frankly, if the path to the Western final didn’t run through Nashville, we’d be even higher on this skilled Winnipeg squad. The forward pairing of Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele is proven fantasy money, while Patrik Laine shines as a goal-scoring asset despite his brief cold spell. Rookie Kyle Connor continues to serve as an underrated sleeper on a top line with Wheeler and Scheifele, while trade-deadline acquisition Paul Stastny boasts dark-horse appeal in deeper fantasy competition as a postseason veteran with the St. Louis Blues.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound receiver is a no-risk addition for a team sifting through prospects to establish its options near the bottom of the depth chart. New York also added Terrelle Pryor in the offseason and returns Jermaine Kearse , Quincy Enunwa , ArDarius Stewart and Robby Anderson , who’s facing a misdemeanor charge in Florida but hasn’t been disciplined by the team or league.

Elsewhere in Monday’s news:

1. Free-agent running back Orleans Darkwa is visiting the New England Patriots , NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

2. The Detroit Lions re-signed restricted free agent receiver TJ Jones , the team announced. Jones caught 30 passes for 399 yards and one touchdown in 2017.

3. Free-agent corner Jalen Collins , a former second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons , has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the 2018 season, per a statement from an NFL spokesperson.rams_033

Chargers OC meets with Lamar Jackson after pro day

The talk during Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson’s pro day revolved around the Heisman winner’s supposed inaccessibility to teams trying to arrange meetings. At least one club had no trouble sitting down with Jackson on Thursday.

Jackson is slated to be picked in the first round, potentially within the top half of the first day. The Chargers own the 17th overall pick, but also have needs at tackle and inside linebacker.

Jackson has already had a private workout with the Houston Texans, but according to NFL Network draft tsar Mike Mayock, other teams have had a hard time getting in contact with Jackson to set up future meetings.

This rule will be a complete disaster and impossible to enforce as it currently stands. The NFL has stated it will take input from players and coaches to narrow down the interpretation of the rule. I’ll believe it when it happens.

Take this example, I’m pulling around the edge as a lineman, and I lower my big-ass self (I’m close to 6’7) to generate leverage on contact. The defender moves slightly and also lowers himself for contact, and we meet helmet-to-helmet, am I ejected Does he get ejected Who initiated contact first Me or him

A running back is heading full speed into a hole at the line of scrimmage. A safety is flying in for the tackle and is aiming for the knees. The running back lowers himself to protect from the hit and also runs him over. Is that back now ejected What about the safety

How are the officials going to figure out these situations Does the NFL really want more reviews Do they want to put more judgment calls like this on the officials I’d guess none of these are what the NFL actually wants. patriots_125-223x223

Alec Ogletree trade leaves Michael Brockers as last Ram acquired via RGIII trade

The Rams agreed to trade linebacker Alec Ogletree to the Giants on Wednesday and that will mean an end to a five-year run with the franchise for Ogletree once the trade becomes official on March 14.

Ogletree arrived as the 30th pick of the 2013 draft, which the Rams acquired after they traded down from the No. 22 spot. That pick was originally obtained from the Redskins in the trade that netted them Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in 2012.

Shortly after Darnold started to throw, it began to downpour. NFL personnel love to see quarterbacks throw in adverse conditions. Importantly, Darnold’s demeanor didn’t change. He never appeared frustrated or unhappy with the circumstances, and he looked fluid as a natural thrower.

“He’s going number one,” one AFC executive texted to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. “Everyone out there today saw the Browns’ franchise quarterback.”

So much of the process regarding the quarterback position is about the little things. Everyone can go back to USC’s games and pick apart Darnold’s skill set. Not everyone sees who the individual really is, how he handles pressure and his drive to achieve greatness.

Yes, it’s tampering for other teams to engage in those discussions, but they routinely do. And it’s easy to get away with it. If Sherman, however, had personally shown up at the Scouting Combine and started talking to other teams, that would have been a problem.

Now, with Sherman reportedly planning to talk to the Seahawks about his future, Sherman will have no way of knowing what other teams will pay before he has to tell the Seahawks whether he’ll accept their offer on a reduced salary for 2018, below the $11 million he’s due to make.

The Seahawks could authorize him to talk to other teams before making a final decision. In some cases, knowing what other teams would pay will help a er come to grips with the fact that his market may not be what he thinks it should be. But the Seahawks may prefer that he make a decision without knowing what he could get elsewhere.jets_132