Terrell Owens declines to attend HOF enshrinement

Former All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens has publicly declined his invitation to attend the Aug. 4 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Owens made the announcement Thursday via an official statement.

I am so grateful for all of the support my family, friends, and certainly my fans, have shown me throughout my entire career in the National Football League. When it was announced that I was going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the response received from my fans was overwhelming, and I am truly humbled. I am honored to be included among this group of fellow inducted individuals.

While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction.

I would also like to thank the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals for the time I was granted with each organization. I am thankful for the relationships forged and the lessons learned while part of each team.

I wish to congratulate all past, current and future inductees. It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever.

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Manager Mike Scioscia expressed a similarly measured reaction.

President Trump asks NFL players to suggest people for pardons

President Donald Trump made an unexpected move Friday, asking NFL players to recommend people they think have been treated unfairly, to be considered for a presidential pardon.
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They’ve wasted the last few years of Eli’s career, they’ve wasted his prime, O’Hara said at a charity function, via NJ.com. It’s been hard to sit and watch that happen. I’m glad to see that they found a way to correct it, but Eli can still play the game.

Defensive lineman Justin Tuck, who was with Manning during the team’s 2008 and 2012 Super Bowl wins, said O’Hara was right.

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Manning has been with the Giants since they drafted him in 2004, winning two Super Bowls, starting in all but 10 games and making 210 consecutive starts. However, the last six years saw the Giants fail to make the playoffs.

Manning, 37, will likely be retiring in the next couple years. Even though new coach Pat Shurmur and new GM Dave Gettleman have said they want to surround Manning with the best talent, his stats from the last few years have shown he’s not posting high numbers.

Coach Jay Gruden said he can see the difference in a fully healthy Doctson.

Oh, yeah, Gruden said, via the team’s official website. You know, the more experience you get… The first year was a wash for him. Last year was really his first year here. And then this year is just a matter of reps and getting to know Alex [Smith] and just being precise in what he does and without hesitation. You can see that confidence in the routes that he’s running. And every day we’re going to get different looks. We’re going to get cloud tech, we’re going to get bump-and-run, we’re going to get outside leverage, inside leverage, boxes and all that good stuff. But for him to just continue to see different coverages, different looks, different techniques with the routes that we Joe Crede Youth jersey have called, he’ll be a much better player.
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I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago, Murphy said.

The American Gaming Association, which filed a brief with the Supreme Court in favor of legal sport betting, estimates that US residents place about $150 billion in illegal bets on games each year.

Famed odds-maker Danny Sheridan said his four decades in the gambling industry suggest that figure lowballs the amount of cash Americans put on the line, with football alone generating $150 billion in annual wagers 鈥?and the Super Bowl responsible for $12 billion.

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That’s not for Landon to talk about, Shurmur said. I think the important thing is, let’s let Ereck talk for Ereck when he gets here, and we’ll worry about that later. But really, I don’t think our players should be talking about another player’s situation.

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Ex-cheerleaders send Roger Goodell letter demanding end to ‘inhumane’ treatment

A group of former Texans cheerleaders delivered a letter Monday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell seeking better pay and an end to inhumane treatment by teams.

Four cheerleaders and their attorney, Gloria Allred, delivered the letter to NFL headquarters in Manhattan. The cheerleaders, who filed suit against the Texans last week alleging unequal pay and unfair working conditions, asked Goodell to force NFL teams to stop exploiting women.

Allred also held up a T-shirt for reporters showing the figure $7.25, the federal minimum wage, alleging the cheerleaders were paid less than that.

We appreciate the Houston Texans Cheerleaders for the positive impact they have made in our community and for the outstanding way they have represented our organization for nearly two decades. If there are things we learn from this process that we feel will make our cheer program even better, we will make the necessary adjustments. We do not tolerate mistreatment of our cheer team or our employees at any time.

Cheerleaders and former cheerleaders around the NFL have been speaking out in recent months and filing suits alleging harassment, gender discrimination, exploitation and other issues. In one incident reported last month, Redskins cheerleaders told the New York Times they were required to pose topless for a calendar photo shoot in 2013, and were also asked to escort sponsors to nightclubs.

After his approval a few days later by NFL owners, Tepper was playful with reporters and didn’t just acknowledge his personal insecurities but seemed to bask in them. Portly and bald, Tepper began two of his four questions at a news conference by pointing out the hair of two lushly coiffed reporters and later wondered aloud during a photo opportunity if he should’ve worn a better shirt.

I have a great appreciation for how stupid I am, Tepper said at one point, not exactly a statement commonly made by NFL owners, and he spent one night in Atlanta at the hotel lobby bar and later told a Charlotte Observer reporter that he celebrated his entry into American sports’ most exclusive club not with caviar and a 62-year-old Macallan but with pork rinds and strawberry milk.

Delanie Walker declares himself the best tight end in the NFL

Titans tight end Delanie Walker has a high opinion of himself.
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Lightning GM Steve Yzerman engineered a big deal to get Garrison’s $4.6 million cap hit off the books — and to protect Tampa Bay’s younger defensemen. Garrison was put on waivers by Oct. 27, then spent most of the season in AHL purgatory. He disappointed Knights fans who expected some production out of the veteran, but perhaps this was the endgame all along. It’s unclear if McPhee had any expectation that Garrison would contribute, but he squeezed a second- and a fourth-round pick out of Yzerman, plus the negotiating rights to Nikita Gusev (who ended up re-signing in the KHL).

A winger with a bit of a pest streak to him, Leipsic was a 23-year-old RFA the Knights signed to a two-year deal. He had two goals and 11 assists in 44 games before McPhee flipped him at the trade deadline for defenseman Philip Holm.

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Grading Jets’ 2018 NFL Draft picks

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Anderson now faces no felony charges in connection with either arrest. The only charge he still faces is misdemeanor reckless driving, from the January arrest in Broward County.

Even though Anderson now faces only that relatively minor legal charge, he could still be suspended by the NFL. The league typically waits until a player’s legal situation concludes before handing down any discipline.

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The Cardinals spent a second-round draft pick on wide receiver Christian Kirk even though he was arrested in February on a disorderly conduct and property damage charge that is still pending.
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Feel free to dissect Roethlisberger’s snark regarding whether he intends to help mentor third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph, the quarterback from Oklahoma State. Except to the extent it’s motivated by his obvious disappointment at the Steelers’ personnel moves on defense, it is inconsequential to the question at hand.

The question is whether the team’s work in free agency and now the draft has repaired a defense that rarely was exceptional in 2017, that gradually declined as the season progressed and then collapsed when star linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in week 13.

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Raiders schedule 2018: Jon Gruden returns to less of a grind

The Raiders improved by four games in the standings the last time Jon Gruden coached his first season in Oakland. Twenty years later, the Raiders would love some deja vu to help them get closer ot the 12-4 team they were in 2016, not the disappointing 6-10 of’ ’17.

What will help Oakland is a favorable strength of schedule based on last season’s results. This season’s opponents went a combined 121-135 (.473). tied with Cincinnati’s schedule for third “easiest.”

Bottom line: The Raiders will be significantly better under Gruden in time, but the coaching change plus remixed personnel in a difficult division will hold them back in the short term. Although Oakland will hang around in the AFC wild-card race because of the schedule’s weaknesses, the team will fall short of its surprise 2016 form. Record prediction: 8-8

The NFL commissioner broke his silence Monday and released a lengthy statement that highlighted the importance of preserving the integrity of the game and requested a federal framework for legalized gambling.

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As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport. Our fans, our players and our coaches deserve to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure no improper influences affect how the game is played on the field. This week’s ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment.
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Curry and Durant each scored five quick points as Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-0 burst to go ahead 64-43.
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All it takes is one, Kerr said.

Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense.

Harden and Paul began 3 for 14 with Paul missing six shots before getting his first basket on goaltending against Andre Iguodala 2:39 before halftime.

Offensively we didn’t have any thrust, and they exploited it, Harden said.