Andy Reid, now that he can say his new quarterback’s name, is ready to work with him

The Chiefs have a new quarterback. And coach Andy Reid’s first order of business was unrelated to actually coaching him.

First I had to learn how to say his last name, Reid told reporters on Thursday in a joint press conference with Patrick Mahomes. Instead of McHomes it is Mahomes.

So the Denver game allowed me to work with Mike Kafka and see how he’s progressed, and work with Patrick. I had the opportunity to call [plays] for him in that game and kind of get a feel of how he operates. It was a smooth transition. The fans and media here had an opportunity to watch him perform, just as I did. It was fun to be a part of and we look forward to the future. This is a great thing for the Kansas City Chiefs most of all and it’s exciting. The energy in this building is unbelievable right now and we’re really looking forward to getting the offseason going here where we actually can get the players back in the building and talk to them.

When Reid has a chance to talk to Mahomes, the goal will be to adjust the offense to suit his skills.

[W]e will try to utilize his strengths, Reid said. One of the things as a coach, that is what you do. You exploit their strengths and you work on things they need to get better at. Will the offense change a little bit? Yeah, it will. It will change a little bit, but that is fitting around his talents.

HIs talents are many and impressive. Rocket arm. Mobility. Fearless. Given the weapons he’ll have (Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt), the Chiefs could have an even better offense in 2018 than they had in 2017.

There is apparently a Benson Mayowa free agency tour, and it’s probably news to many casual fans that there is a Benson Mayowa.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the free agent defensive end is visiting the Colts next.

Since his release by the Cowboys, Mayowa has checked in with the Jets and Washington, and Seattle is a possibility.

Mayowa has played in the league five seasons, and six of his nine career sacks came in 2016.

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Gina took their daughter to Friday morning mass and at one point, a siren blared outside.

When Roberto Luongo calls on Friday afternoon, he’s sitting on the cold bleachers of an ice rink, watching his 7-year-old son’s hockey practice. It’s easy to become distracted by professional athletes’ cool jobs and just as easy to forget that they are members of their communities too. Luongo is the Florida Panthers’ starting goalie. But he’s also a hockey dad who lives in Parkland, Florida. He goes grocery shopping. He shuttles his kids to school. His family goes to church.

When the unthinkable happened in Luongo’s hometown on Feb. 14 — a gunman opened fire at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people — the goaltender reeled. Before the Panthers’ first home game after the shooting, Luongo delivered a pregame speech at the BB&T Center, declaring “it’s time for us as a community to take action” and “enough is enough.”

“Right away, my daughter jumped up and was looking around,” Luongo said. “It’s not normal for children to have that feeling. The one thing I want is for my kids to feel safe at school. That’s what it’s all about, right? I don’t care how it gets done; it needs to get done.”

“I’ll just continue to work in all the areas we’ve been working and making progress. That’s really the focus — to continue the process and the journey and keep working,” Tebow said to reporters following the game.

Tebow’s only hit was a hard single to center off the Washington Nationals’ Erick Fedde on March 2. Tebow has been used solely as a designated hitter or pinch hitter because of the injury.

“The ankle was kind of disappointing. I got to put in a lot of good work and feel like I’m improving. It’s getting there,” Tebow said.

Earlier in spring training, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he thought Tebow would be in the major leagues one day. Tebow said that is not his focus at this point.

“It’s definitely the goal, and we’ll be putting in work every day to one day get Cheap Bruins Jerseys that opportunity, but you can’t just be focused on the end result. It’s got be on every day in the process,” Tebow said. “It’s having a long-term mindset with a here-and-now Cheap Cycling Jerseys focus.”

Reggie Jackson to have knee surgery Tuesday

Hall of Famer and New York Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson is on the disabled list.

Shortstop Carlos Correa and closer Ken Giles were among those who were not in attendance on Monday in DC.

“Carlos Correa and Ken Giles had family obligations,” said a team spokesperson. “That’s why they’re not here today.”

Also absent on Monday was recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran. A Puerto Rican native, Beltran has been openly critical of the the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the Caribbean island in September and exacerbated an already reeling economy.

“There’s no doubt that I’m disappointed,” Beltran told reporters in February at a Manhattan event where he was being honored. “I’m not the only one. There’s a lot of people disappointed. We haven’t (gotten) some benefits. Being part of the United States, you expect to at least get the same benefits when tragedies like this happen. The fact that we haven’t (gotten) those, yeah, it’s a disappointment.”

The Warriors said Tuesday their two-time MVP would be re-evaluated in a week. That means he will sit out the next four games — Wednesday at home against the Lakers, Friday at home against the Kings, then road games at Phoenix on Saturday and at San Antonio on Monday.

Curry rolled his ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first Cheap Authentic Jerseys quarter in the win against the Spurs.

Golden State did not practice Tuesday as originally planned a day after the team celebrated Curry’s 30th birthday, which is actually Wednesday. Coach Steve Kerr was in attendance and even danced Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids on stage with his players in social media videos that were shared of the festivities.

As for Edmonton’s success in the past two years against Calgary, Oilers coach Todd McLellan wasn’t able to point to one particular thing.

LeBron highlights double standards: When a star leaves, he gets labeled a snake

LeBron James bemoaned the unfair narratives surrounding trades and free agency as he highlighted the double standards players deal with in the NBA after Blake Griffin was traded to the Pistons by the Clippers.

Star forward Griffin, 28, was stunned when he was dealt to the Pistons Monday, having been drafted with the number one pick by the Clippers in 2009.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and three-time NBA champion James is no stranger to moving around in the league after leaving Ohio for the Heat in 2010 before returning in 2014.

It’s the following list that raises red flags, though. Griffin had a bad bone bruise to his left knee, a meniscus tear in his left knee and started his career by sitting out his first season with a broken left kneecap. He went through a strained MCL injury — in, you guessed it, his left knee — that cost him a month this season. The guy obviously has a bum left knee, and the net result of all this has been 99 games missed in the past four years.

The 34-year-old Bouwmeester has dressed in 35 games this season and has two goals and five assists. But he was averaging 20 minutes a game when in the lineup, ice time the Blues will have to make up for.

Upshall, who injured a knee Saturday against Dallas, has seven goals and 11 assists in 61 games.

Six months ago, it appeared that Clippers star forward Blake Griffin and his new $173 million contract were untradeable. On Monday, Griffin was shipped to Detroit.

If there’s a player who correlates best with Griffin around the league — a star big man who is Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids languishing on a mediocre team, surrounded by trade rumors that have gone nowhere — it’s the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. But, like Griffin up until the last week or two, Davis has been declared untouchable by New Orleans’Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China brass.

Super Bowl 52: Patriots elect to wear white

New England is sticking to its superstition.

The Patriots have elected to wear their white road jerseys over their blue home uniforms in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis against the Eagles, the team announced Tuesday.

Just give them all the props for that, said Torin Dorn, who had 13 points. But we’ve got to be better.

Miami gave 5-foot-7 freshman Chris Lykes his first start with fellow rookie Lonnie Walker IV battling a back problem. Lykes had six points and five assists in 22 minutes.

Larranaga said Walker’s back tightened up so badly Friday night that he couldn’t bend enough to touch his knees, keeping him out of Saturday’s practice and putting his status in question until tipoff. Walker finished with 12 points in 30 minutes.

Miami’s Anthony Lawrence II and Ebuka Izundu each scored 15 points, with Izundu going 7 for 7 off the bench after managing just 12 points and six made baskets in his previous six games combined.

A source told Sporting News that Farwell is interviewing to become the Panthers’ new assistant special teams coach.

Farwell took the same position with Seattle in 2016, one year removed from a four-year stint as a Seahawks special teams captain and backup linebacker.

The Panthers have a vacancy following Chase Blackburn’s promotion to head special teams coach. Blackburn is replacing Thomas McGaughey, whose contract expired. McGaughey has subsequently reached agreement to become the Giants’ new special teams coach.

Farwell carved his NFL niche on special teams after making the Vikings in 2005 as a college free agent from San Diego State. He spent six seasons with the Vikings, earning Pro Bowl honors on special teams in 2009.

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Baker Mayfield tries to distance himself from Johnny Manziel comparisons

Lack of height and an inability to keep his emotions in check are two knocks against quarterback Baker Mayfield as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. At the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week, Mayfield did his best to dispel the latter, while Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the former is no great cause for concern, either.

I’ll be honest with you, I think it’s a narrative you guys [in the media] have created,” he said, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. We’ll see. I haven’t really met him. I don’t know who he is as a person. I think after I do meet him, I’ll be able to find out what’s deep inside him, and I’ll just see what makes him click. And that’s part of the process.

Meanwhile, Joseph whose Broncos, with the No. 5 overall pick, are another logical landing spot for Mayfield said Mayfield’s height, listed at 6-1, doesn’t worry him.

I think that’s fine, Joseph said, per the Denver Post. You watch Drew Brees play, he’s figured it out. He’s a very successful quarterback. Guys figure it out. Good players figure it out. I wouldn’t be concerned about that.

His most common response in the press conference when asked about his hand was pretty simple: Not talking about it.

Brady reportedly jammed his right (throwing) hand Wednesday in practice when a teammate accidentally ran into him.

When a reporter asked Brady thumbs up or thumbs down for Sunday he said with a smug smile, We’ll see. He did say that he was out there for practice Friday adding it was fun, but he didn’t indicate how much he was able to do in practice.

Brady attended the press conference in throwing gloves, and that of course added more to the storyline. Twice Brady was asked why he was wearing the gloves but all he said was, I’ve worn them before.

The quarterback did elaborate more about what he saw in the Jaguars and what the Patriots will face on Sunday saying the game will be a great challenge.

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Saints players troll Vikings after blowout loss in NFC championship game

The Saints were clearly still very bitter about their last-second loss to the Vikings last week. During and after the Eagles’ 38-7 beatdown of the Vikings on Sunday night, Saints players, such as Michael Thomas, got in a few jabs on social media.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is doing right by Tony Romo. The question is what comes next as the NFL’s quarterback-needy teams try to fill that position when the league’s signing window opens at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Cowboys are expected to release Romo on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation, confirming several reports. The Cowboys can designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, enabling them to spread the salary cap hit of the move over two seasons instead of one.

LeBeau had been the Titans defensive coordinator the last three seasons and helped the Titans improve from 20th in total defense in 2016 to 13th in 2017.

If LeBeau does retire, it will end a coaching career that began in 1973 as the Eagles special teams coach. After three seasons in Philadelphia, he joined the Packers staff as a defensive backs coach in 1976.

LeBeau rejoined the Bengals in 1997 as the defensive coordinator on Bruce Coslett’s staff. When Coslett resigned in 2000, LeBeau became the head coach. Though considered one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history, LeBeau was just 12-33 over two-plus seasons as the Bengals head coach. He was fired following the 2002 season and spent on year as the Bills assistant head coach before returning to Pittsburgh.

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NFC championship: Eagles fan takes big hit from train platform pillar

Fresh information emerged Monday: Deadspin reported the incident took place before the game and the fan was trying to pump up the crowd on the train.

We hope this Eagles fan will be ready for Super Bowl 52 in two weeks. We also hope he gets home by then.

The fellow earned himself a bruise when he failed to account for a pillar that stopped him in his . . . well, his tracks as he raced alongside a Philly train Sunday night.

It stings, Keenum said of the loss to Philadelphia. Like I said last night, it’s going to take a while to process. A little more perspective this morning after sleeping on it, not getting much sleep. I watched the film and it still sucks.

The Patriots and Eagles had a combined 10 Pro Bowl players.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, was replaced by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr as Brady plays in his eighth Super Bowl. Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix replaces New England’s James Develin on the AFC roster. Colts tight end Jack Doyle will replace Rob Gronkowski. Titans safety Brynden Trawick is replacing Patriots receiver Matthew Slater as the AFC special teams player.

But most people have just been tweeting the still image of an official smiling after a Pats TD, which completely takes the moment out of context. Very few showed the video of what happened with the official and the Patriots to show why he was smiling.

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The Ravens have found their groove against bad teams.

The Dolphins need to win out, and they need help from other teams winning out and losing out. Miami wins head-to-head tiebreakers over Tennessee and Los Angeles, but it loses them against Oakland and Baltimore.

In addition to upsetting the Chiefs and splitting with the Bills, to get in, the Dolphins need to finish 8-8 along with the Titans, Chargers and Bills while wanting the Ravens to pull away and jump to the top wild card.

Also, and bare with me here, but is there a more Philly story than the first pick in the draft trying to play through a mysterious injury, possibly getting shook, mysteriously changing his shot, becoming a punchline and a meme, becoming fodder for sports talk what ifs and podcast redrafts, becoming the guy who should have gone second or third or outside the top ten, becoming the subject of an endless stream of hypotheticals only to come back and become not just what we expected, but better than we expected? Is there anything more Philly than countless talking heads deciding our first pick was a miss only to have him drop a go ahead hesi pull-up jimbo right over Jayson Tatum in the waning seconds of a close playoff game?

I experienced ownership and upper management changes on several occasions during my Vikings career, and it was a nerve-wracking experience on each occasion. And the higher I rose in the organization, the more vulnerable I felt regardless of the team’s success.

In 1984, a major ownership shift with the Vikings created front office uncertainty for several years as a battle was waged for control of the team. I was plenty nervous about getting fired because I was close to the previous lead owner Max Winter, but I was protected by then-GM Mike Lynn, who promoted me to assistant GM. I then sweated out a major management change when Lynn left to run NFL Europe, but fortunately, I wound up in the GM role with our group of 10 owners.

Kyrie Irving guided the Boston Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference, but he reportedly had to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to get there. Now, as part Cheap Basketball Jerseys of a wide-ranging feature by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Irving said he believed the team attempted Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping to trade him well before he requested to be moved.

They didn’t want me there, Irving told MacMullan.

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant fined for failed punch attempt on Michael Thomas, report says

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant escaped a penalty flag Sunday when he tried to punch Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, but punishment ultimately found him.

According to NFL.com, Trufant has been fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct after taking a swing at Thomas during Atlanta’s Christmas Eve loss to the Saints.

Stafford gave Caldwell credit for his development. Over the four seasons under Caldwell, Stafford improved his completion percentage, cut down his interceptions and became generally more efficient. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes with 107 touchdowns and 45 interceptions from 2014 through 2017, averaging 4,323 passing yards per season.

He’s been great. He’s as levelheaded a guy as I’ve ever been around, Stafford said. Understands the position of quarterback really well and was great for me and great for a lot of guys on offense just to bounce ideas off of. I have a ton of respect for him, just the way he carried himself, the way he coached us, the way he treated everybody. He’s a great guy and a great coach.

We do not know Robert nor can we confirm any of his statements,” Sandhu wrote in an email.

We have confirmed with Odell that he has never placed any bets on any professional sports games, Sandhu’s email continued. We can assure you that he has and will always continue to comply with all of the NFL’s rules and regulations regarding gambling activities.”

The sample sizes for recent seasons are smaller (similar to Darling), but Markstrom turned in an .892 penalty-kill save percentage during the previous two campaigns, but is taking a pounding on the penalty kill this season. His .809 save percentage on the penalty kill is better than only Laurent Broissoit among goalies with 10 starts. The Canucks boast many of the same personnel in front of Markstrom that helped him to a decent total last season, so there’s no reason not to bank on a positive regression. If the Canucks and Markstrom could take away some of the damage being done on their opponents’ power plays, it could go a long way to pushing Markstrom into No. 2 fantasy goaltender territory. That said, waiting until Bo Horvat is ready to return to the ice would be the prudent move, as Horvat and Brandon Sutter are the team’s main man-down assets.

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