Colin Kaepernick reportedly will opt out of 49ers contract to become free agent

It appears Colin Kaepernick has played his last game for the 49ers.

ESPN reported Friday that the 29-year-old quarterback will opt out of his contract to test free agency. He can’t make it official until the March 2-7 opt-out period.
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The news certainly comes as no surprise. Kaepernick had openly asked for a trade after being benched in 2015. He and the 49ers had revised his existing contract last October, allowing either side to terminate the deal for the remaining year in 2017. He is scheduled to make $14.5 million in base salary next year.

Game Kids Lamarr Houston Jersey Ultimately we have to be prepared to win a game and we’re not going to get prepared on the bus ride over to the stadium on Sunday, Brady said Wednesday. Our families get here (Thursday), so (Wednesday) is an important night to get rest, preparation, anything we need to do to try to put in the bank.

We know the challenge that’s ahead of us and it’s only going to get more hectic and we get closer to the game.

Brady said he won’t let outside distractions get in the way, even as he gets asked on a daily basis about a potential encounter with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of the Deflategate scandal that cost Brady the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.

I’m just focused on football, Brady told reporters Wednesday, repeating his answers when asked Monday and Tuesday.

It’s part of the routine this week, just as Brady’s grown accustomed during his previous six Super Bowl preparations.

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MLB trade rumors 2017: Five impact players who could be dealt in June

A handful of big names could wind up getting dealt before the annual non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July, but those big names probably aren’t going anywhere soon.

Gerrit Cole, for example, could potentially be available but the Pirates aren’t going to deal him while they’re still within shouting distance of the NL Central lead. White Sox closer David Roberston is likely to be dealt, but he’s been so good this season that the Southsiders can afford to wait and let the price for him rise as he records saves and strikeouts and contending teams suffer injuries to the back end of the bullpen. Same thing with A’s ace Sonny Gray, who’s still proving he’s back to his ace form after a rocky 2016.

But you’ll see a couple of important pieces — guys who can make big impacts on the playoff picture, even if they’re not big names — move long before July arrives.

Authentic Womens Zach Line Jersey Let’s look at a few of those players.
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Boston’s offense provided him with three separate four-run leads, the last a 10-6 advantage. Sale left the game after a three-up, three-down fifth inning. He struck out nine batters on the night, including four in a row over the first and second innings.

Chicago scored three runs off him in the second after Boston had taken a 4-0 lead. Five consecutive White Sox batters reached on four singles and a walk.

After the Red Sox went ahead 7-3, the White Sox added another run in the third on Tim Anderson’s RBI single. Todd Frazier’s two-run home run in the fourth cut Boston’s lead to 7-6.

Sale’s most efficient inning was his last — a 1-2-3 inning against the bottom of Chicago’s batting order. By that point, he had been backed by a pair of home runs from Deven Marrero, Mookie Betts’ solo shot in the second and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s four RBIs.

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NFL Hall of Famer, Seahawk legend Cortez Kennedy passes away at 48

Cortez Kennedy, the 305-pound tackling machine who anchored the Seahawks’ defensive line throughout the 1990s, has passed away. He was just 48 years old.

TMZ Sports broke the news Wednesday morning. Orlando Police confirmed the report and added there was “nothing suspicious” about the NFL veteran’s death.

The Seahawks released a statement on Tuesday about Kennedy’s passing, calling him “the heart and soul of the Seahawks through the 1990s” and “a player who played with a selfless and relentless approach to the game.”

Kennedy was massive in both stature and the impact he had on the league. He started slowly after being selected with the third overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, but needed just two seasons to become a Pro Bowl invitee. His 14-sack 1992, an especially impressive stat for an interior lineman of his carriage, earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. It also marked the first of five All-Pro selections.

Kennedy was also an adviser to the Saints for a time after he retired.

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Redskins sign reggae legend Bob Marley’s grandson

This was a good deal for New Orleans to move a talented player who didn’t quite mesh with its spread-it-around passing offense, getting New England’s 2017 first- and third-round draft picks in return. The Saints’ wideout corps remains strong, anchored by Michael Thomas and Willie Snead.

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Womens Jorge Soler Jersey If music runs in Nico Marley’s blood, it does so along with football.

The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday that they’ve signed Marley, the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, after a weekend tryout at their rookie minicamp.

Nico’s father, Rohan, played at Miami (Fla.) alongside Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis in the early 1990s before playing in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

Undersized at 5-foot-8, NIco Marley, 22, played collegiately at Tulane, where he appeared in 49 games and had 319 tackles (200 solo) and 50 1/2 for losses with 6 1/2 sacks and four interceptions. He was a two-time first-team All-AAC selection who led the Green Wave in total tackles with 88 as a senior.

Inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Bob Marley, according to the Hall, was reggae’s foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all corners of the globe.

His story, his fall from grace, is well known. But he insists it isn’t the last chapter, even as he might be looking at the CFL for this upcoming football season. Mauk was not selected in April’s NFL Draft and did not latch on as an undrafted free agent.

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All told, this is no way to treat a franchise quarterback.

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Nelson Agholor Jersey Believe this: The Packers aren’t screwing around with Aaron Rodgers’ health, nor the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, and so on, right up to the ultimate franchise centerpiece himself up in Foxborough. Those teams are not going wire-to-wire with those quarterbacks in December games that are barely important, if at all.

For that matter, they probably are not flexing on those quarterbacks about petty team dress codes, either, which may or may not be another story entirely.

Newton is the centerpiece of the Carolina franchise. Seven years in, isn’t it time for the Panthers to start acting like it?

Rose and gambling are synonymous, of course. Baseball’s all-time hit king — he had 4,256 of them in his 24-year career — has been banned from working in the sport since 1989 when then-commissioner Bart Giamatti concluded, based on the Dowd Report, that Rose bet on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban, as you know, makes him ineligible for the Hall of Fame, too. Rose has appealed the lifetime ban multiple times, and each time he has been denied.

But now that Manfred and baseball’s owners are taking a fresh look at their relationship with gambling, the obvious next step is to finally welcome Rose back into the sport, right?

These are two completely different discussions. Don’t get confused. This has NOTHING to do with Rose. With this news Wednesday, Manfred is addressing a fan issue that, quite honestly, should have been addressed years ago. Better late than never.

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Padres’ pitching is weak, but they’re trying to compensate

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In case you missed it, the Padres have basically admitted their rotation isn’t very strong.

San Diego has upwards of 10 candidates for five spots as it begins exhibition play Saturday, but none of them was overly effective last season (see the list below). Manager Andy Green, therefore, is flirting with the idea of limiting starters’ innings during the season and piggybacking a starter and a reliever who might split the first two to three trips through the batting order. Pitchers could also shift between starting and relieving.

Green is trying to sell the notion that the Padres are being forward-thinking, that they want to take advantage of their depth and create better matchups. It sounds more like a way to mask their lack of frontline starters.

As of this writing, the Padres’ main rotation candidates (as listed on MLB.com’s depth chart) are Clayton Richard, Jered Weaver, Jhoulys Chacin, Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich, Trevor Cahill, Jarred Cosart and Paul Clemens. Tyrell Jenkins and Erik Johnson also are in the mix. The group’s 2016 stats show how underwhelming these guys are:
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On the mound, San Diego’s 4.43 team ERA ranked in the bottom half of the league, and Padres pitchers allowed the fourth-most home runs.

On offense, the bright spot was Wil Myers, who led the team with 28 homers, 94 RBIs and 3.2 wins above replacement (WAR). Among pitchers, Drew Pomeranz was the lone starter with a winning record, 8-7, though he posted a strong 2.47 ERA.

Apart from that? Well …

It was yet another forgettable season in a string of forgettable seasons. It’s what San Diego has come to expect from its baseball team.

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Cleveland radio host fired after saying Jabrill Peppers is ‘high all the time’

The Browns selected Jabrill Peppers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, even after the former Michigan safety tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL Combine in March.

Now former ESPN Radio Cleveland host Sabrina Parr thinks it was a mistake by the Browns and explained why Wednesday morning.

While comparing Peppers to troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who has a long history of substance abuse, Parr believes Peppers also abuses drugs.

While he’s still technically a member of the Browns, he has no future with the team. He’s on the roster only because it doesn’t hurt Cleveland to own his rights. With his suspension, they don’t have to pay him, and they could hang on to him as a potential bargaining chip in a trade.

“What’s best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,” Hue Jackson said last September of Gordon. “He’s not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we’re moving forward. We’re going to move on.”

When Gordon applied for reinstatement in March, his business manager Michael Johnson released a statement claiming his client was doing well.

This will be a special year for Josh and we are all very proud of the way he has taken the necessary steps to turn his life around.”
Gordon hasn’t been on the field in the regular season since 2014, when he started five games for Cleveland. With the Browns moving on from him and his inability to get reinstated, other teams may not feel like he’s worth the effort. At 26, the receiver is still young and looked talented in last year’s preseason, but the suspensions will scare away at least a few teams.
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Vladimir Guerrero, Roy Halladay inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame … in Canada

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St. Mary’s, Ontario isn’t Cooperstown, but it’ll have to do for Vladimir Guerrero in 2017.

Two weeks after missing out on induction into the official Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, Guerrero, the former All-Star outfielder for the Montreal Expos, earned a spot in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He’ll be shrined along with former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, Baseball Canada president Ray Carter, the late umpire Doug Hudlin and the entire 2015 Pan-Am games gold medal-winning team.

Murphy accounts for his anti-Mets accomplishments by saying he’s motivated when facing division rivals and that he’s comfortable playing at Citi Field. His Nats teammates and manager Dusty Baker aren’t buying it.

You’re always motivated against a division rival. You’re going to play these guys 19 times, Murphy said. When you play a division team, one team goes in one direction and one goes in the other one. So the games are of the utmost importance.

He added of the Queens ballpark, Come here and things are familiar. I don’t know if that [wanting to beat the Mets] has anything to do with it, Murphy said.
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Baker countered, It definitely matters. Guys say it doesn’t matter, but it matters. It mattered for me when I faced the Braves when I got traded from the Braves.

Added Scherzer, Sunday night’s winning pitcher, He won’t say anything, and he won’t say anything to us. It’s not like he’s in here boasting that he wants to beat the Mets, but he wants to beat them apart.

It won’t take long to put Baker and Scherzer’s theory to another test – the Nats (13-5) host the Mets (8-11) for another three-game weekend series beginning Friday.

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MLB highlights: Aaron Judge unloads monster home run into Yankee Stadium bleachers

The biggest of the Baby Bombers hit one of the biggest home runs of the young major league season Wednesday night.
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Limited David DeCastro Jersey Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, who’s listed at 6-7, 282, destroyed a hanging breaking ball by the White Sox’s Dylan Covey. The official distance into the left field bleachers was 448 feet. That seems a little . . . light. It sure looked as though the ball would have gone out in the old, old Yankee Stadium, back when Death Valley basically extended to Yonkers.

To capture baseball’s human side, especially in a four-hour program, meant looking for interesting people and stories away from the field, showing a baseball season from different perspectives.

What does the traveling secretary do? What’s it like to be a clubhouse attendant? What keeps a trainer occupied? What’s a game like for umpires?

These people are key figures in baseball’s routines, so their stories fit right in.

It was all the different aspects of getting through a baseball season: who you deal with, how you deal with, who are the important people and how you navigate through that, Diamond said.

Navigating through the 1982 season sometimes meant navigating through unpleasant or awkward situations, such as when Turner called all-hands meetings at his office to demand answers when the team struggled.

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Pace and the Bears cleaned house at quarterback after the end of last season

If you thought the quarterback position was expensive in, say, Indianapolis or Carolina or Washington, get a load of the price tag in Chicago.

Then ask yourself how Bears general manager Ryan Pace reached the point where he felt all of that was worth it.

Pace and the Bears cleaned house at quarterback after the end of last season, ditching Jay Cutler after eight years, and were ready to start over. They went out and paid heavily for Glennon, who has played for a bunch of coaches and backed up plenty of starters in his four years at Tampa Bay.

Limited Womens Davonte Lambert Jersey The Bears sold that hard throughout free agency, and kept selling it throughout the draft process, as Trubisky’s star rose above that of at least one far more experienced and accomplished quarterback, Deshaun Watson. It rose even as far as first overall to the Browns as the draft approached — presuming that wasn’t just a lure for a trade.

So, barring injury, the Bortles-Jaguars marriage will go in one of two directions this year: He plays well enough to earn a long-term contract extension in Jacksonville, or the Jaguars enter the 2018 NFL Draft (or free agency) with a new franchise quarterback in mind.
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If the latter becomes the case, Bortles likely will have run out of excuses. The Jaguars’ 2017 draft class earned a solid grade from SN’s Vinnie Iyer in large part thanks to their obvious effort to support Bortles.

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