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

Will Patriots opt for second-tier quarterback over top-flight options?

Now that the Patriots have a pair of first-round picks and a pair of second-round picks in the 2018 draft, plenty of talk has emerged regarding the possibility of using that draft capital to make a move in round one, in an effort to acquire one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. Another approach makes more sense, and it meshes with the history and practices of coach Bill Belichick.

After trading for Smith, Washington invested a surprising amount of money in the soon-to-be 34-year-old quarterback, giving him a four-year extension and committing to him as its starter for the near future. McCoy, the team’s longtime backup, turns 31 this year. The Redskins are hoping Smith keeps them out of NFL Draft QB conversations for at least a few more years.

Stafford’s big contract has him signed through 2022, with a potential out after the 2020 season. While the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 has been a reliable starter for Detroit, he turned 30 in February. The Lions would be stronger candidates to draft a quarterback this year had they not selected Rudock in the sixth round two years ago and signed Cassel in free agency.

The Rams have apparently been thinking about this one for some time, as the Rams were interested in trading for Cooks before the Saints sent him to New England a year ago, according to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

But to commit to Cooks now requires Cooks to want to be committed to, at a time when free agents who have done far less than he has (cough, Sammy Watkins, cough) are able to get $16 million-a-year deals. He might prefer to hit the open market a year from now and choose his own destination for a change after being traded two offseasons in a row.

The Rams are operating from a sense of urgency, since defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are also entering contract years, and traded-for corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are under contractual control for two more. They have cap flexibility now (since they’re paying a quarterback practically nothing the next two years), but they’re facing plenty of big decisions in the future.bills_065

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

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

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