Friend says Jameis Winston was alone with Uber driver

A friend of Jameis Winston’s who was with him the night the Buccaneers quarterback allegedly sexually abused an Uber driver says Winston left a party scene alone in the Uber car. That statement contradicts a third friend who has said publicly that Winston was never left alone with the driver.

Winston, former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks and Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby were at a Scottsdale, Arizona, nightclub in March 2016 when Winston became intoxicated and unruly, prompting his friends to send him away in an Uber, Banks’ attorney, Mark Scruggs, told Outside the Lines. What happened after that, Scruggs said, they cannot say. Banks has never been identified publicly as being at the scene until now.

Kate told Buzzfeed News in November 2017 that a group of men placed Winston alone in the front passenger seat of her car around 2 a.m. on March 13, 2016, outside a Scottsdale nightclub. She said the men excitedly told her that she would be chauffeuring someone famous that night, Winston. Scruggs told Outside the Lines that Darby, Banks and Winston had been together throughout that night until the Uber showed up for Winston.

He is set to join Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings.

The Twins recently placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the DL with a strained neck and concussion-like symptoms. Regular DH Logan Morrison has started the past four games at first base.

Wow. I wish I could do that, Jack Flaherty, who struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings on Sunday, told Sporting News. I wish I could throw 105. But there’s a reason very few people have done it. It’s special. Him and Chapman. That’s a pretty exclusive club.

Aroldis Chapman is the only other player to ever reach 105 mph. He owns the record, at 105.1. Hicks owns the record for the fastest strike — Odubel Herrera fouled off the pitch — and is the only person to hit that 105 mph mark twice.

I can’t really describe it. It’s special. It’s fun to watch, Flaherty said. Yesterday was nothing different. He was fun to watch.

Much has been made about the low strikeout rate that accompanies such velocity. And it is odd, no doubt. In 22 innings, Hicks has struck out just nine hitters. Flaherty struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings on Sunday, and Miles Mikolas struck out nine in his complete-game shutout Monday evening. And, yes, Hicks has walked 16 batters. That’s a rate that needs to drop.

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DeMarcus Ware is heading back to Denver.
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The former All-Pro edge-rusher is joining the Broncos coaching staff as a part-time pass-rush consultant, an unidentified source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

So when he wrote his own books for children — 2015’s hit Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and its recent successor, Everything is MAMA — he aimed for fewer tears and more minicomedians.

Kids like animal sounds. You can make them laugh, and then Lerentee McCray Jersey they love reading it back to you, he says. Then they can make you laugh, they’re getting a reaction, their confidence is built up. So it’s this exposure to humor and it’s a step into the world of reading. That’s a way bigger deal than what the first book started out as, which was a joke.

The Texans were expected to sign McKinney to an extension before Jadeveon Clowney. McKinney had one year left on his deal and was due to make $1.16 million in base salary in 2018.

Houston drafted McKinney with the 43rd overall pick in 2015 out of Mississippi State. McKinney, 25, has made 282 tackles, nine sacks, 25 tackles for loss 21 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles in 46 regular-season games.

McKinney logged a Alex Biega Womens Jersey team-leading 95 tackles last season, along with three sacks, eight quarterback hits and a single-season career-best 10 tackles for loss, while starting all 16 games in 2017.

Coaches often find their team gets stale when the offense and defense work against each other week after week. Going against a different teams provides new challenges and provides fresh matchups.

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Most Browns players have opinions about Lebron James. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has a strong opinion about one of Lebron’s nemeses, Golden State Warrior star Kevin Durant.
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If I were him I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place, Garrett said. Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coat tails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.

Which of course is better than to stay and just keep on losing. Which has pretty much been the story of the Browns since the team returned to the NFL in 1999.

It’s night and day different from last year, Verrett said. I’m just happy to be able to move around. I feel solid.

Verrett has played in just five games over the last two seasons combined. He’s played six or fewer games in three of his four NFL seasons Justin Blackmon Jersey so far. However, Verrett made the Pro Bowl in the one season where he managed to play in Phil Jackson Youth Jersey 14 of 16 regular season games. Verrett had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and 12 passes defended in making the Pro Bowl in 2015.

While Verrett was a vital piece of the Chargers secondary before the injuries, the steady play of Casey Hayward combined with the emergence of Trevor Williams and Desmond King have left Verrett’s fit among the group a bit uncertain as he continues to get back to full strength. However, having too many capable options isn’t exactly a bad thing for the Chargers.

Derek Carr thinks Jordy Nelson is rubbing off on other Raiders receivers

Jordy Nelson hasn’t played in a game for the Raiders yet, but a couple of months of practice has been enough for quarterback Derek Carr to understand why Aaron Rodgers was so fond of the wideout.

Carr said Nelson wants to do everything exactly how you want it done and that attention to detail has left Carr feeling like he knows why Aaron loved throwing him the ball. Carr is looking forward to doing the same and he’s also noticed the impact that Nelson is having on the rest of the receiving corps.

Mara knows that even though Justify is a heavy favorite, there are many factors which could complicate things.

Spence, who made 6.5 sacks over his first two seasons, already sees a difference in what he can do with a healthy shoulder.

I can do a lot more moves, he said. I can hold the edge a lot better — just a lot more power stuff.

While things will certainly change under new management, one thing that is set to remain the same is the team’s belief in building the offense around a two-fisted running game. The Titans signed Dion Lewis to go with Derrick Henry in the backfield and LaFleur said Tuesday that the team views them on the same level when it comes to putting together their offensive plan.

Until you get the pads on and really get going through preseason, I look at them both as 1A and 1B, LaFleur said, via the Tennessean. I feel confident in both of those guys. They both bring a little bit different qualities to what they do. But I think we’ve got two really good backs that we’re excited about.

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Charlie Culberson has been a little more of a surprise, although the Los Angeles Dodgers know all about his timely hitting.
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Freeman and Culberson each had three hits, Flowers drove in three runs and the upstart Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday night.

Both of Culberson’s home runs with the Braves this year have been pinch-hit walk-off shots. He also had a memorable game-ending homer as Los Angeles clinched the NL West in 2016 in Vin Scully’s final broadcast at Dodger Stadium.

Max Muncy hit a solo home run to right field in the first inning for the Dodgers. It was Muncy’s 11th home run and second in two games. He also walked three times to raise his OPS to a team-leading .978.

It’s big-time. You never know what can happen and you get on base any way you can, Muncy said. Passed ball and you’re Womens Chris Harris Jr Jersey in scoring position or ball in the gap and you’re scoring. Anything can happen when you get a guy on base, and that’s kind of the whole point of the game.

It definitely took the wind out of me, Straily said. I felt myself kind of spinning around. I think first I was looking for the baseball down at my feet, but then I just started to really lose my breath so I just went to the ground.

Once we kind of figured out where I got hit, I knew I would be able to continue. It was just a matter of re-gathering myself and my focus and making sure everything was good.

An X-ray after the game revealed no break, according to Straily, who lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits and four Tyson Chandler Youth Jersey runs.

Dietrich’s single scored Starlin Castro in the third to cut San Diego’s lead to 3-1. The Padres regained the three-run advantage on Galvis’ leadoff home run in the fourth.

Toronto optioned LHP Tim Mayza to Triple-A Buffalo to open a roster spot for RHP Preston Guilmet, who was claimed off waivers from St. Louis on Saturday. Guilmet will join the team Monday at Tampa Bay.

Schoop’s homer snapped an 0 for 18 slump.

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The Dolphins and cornerback Bobby McCain have agreed to a four-year, $27 million contract extension, according to a report from ESPN.
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McCain will now be the highest paid nickel corner in the league. The team announced the deal Friday.

Dolphins have signed Bobby McCain to a 4-year extension worth $27 million, including $13 million guaranteed, per source. McCain now becomes NFL’s highest paid nickel back.

The Cardinals seem to be the clearest case of using the reliever shuttle. The luckiest travelers have been John Brebbia (three options) and poor Mike Mayers (six options). Despite all the shuffling, only the Indians and Marlins have fewer relief WAR so far this season than St. Louis. By the way, Mayers’ total of six times being optioned out is the most in the majors, one ahead of both Brock Stewart of the Dodgers and Eduardo Paredes of the the Angels.

The Red Sox lead the majors in relief WAR and have done so with a very stable bullpen corps. Just two pitchers account for Boston’s six options: Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden. Both were surprises on the Red Sox’s Opening Day roster, but clearly the fact that they both had options remaining played a big part in that happening.

The former NFL running back took to Twitter on Saturday to share an inspiring video about his recovery journey after undergoing brain surgery.

Doctors discovered a brain tumor in 2011 during a routine physical before Harrison could rejoin the Eagles. He later lost his motor skills and Womens Zach Laskey Jersey was expected to live his life as a quadriplegic, but eventually recovered.

For the rest of your life you’re going to have people telling you what you can and cannot do, Harrison said. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself, and what I’ve realized through my life is my attitude controls everything. I was told I would never walk again, I would live the rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing in front of you today.

Harrison, 35, was selected by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Eagles in 2010 and later Authentic James Neal Jersey signed with the Lions in 2011, though he was traded back to Philadelphia.

Nomar Mazara had a two-run double in the third as Verlander’s major league-leading ERA rose to 1.45.

Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo Jersey needs surgery; is ex-Rutgers star about to lose his job?

Former Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo needs surgery to clean up loose bodies in his knee and will miss the Miami Dolphins’ minicamp next week, according to the Miami Herald.
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Carroo is expected to return for training camp, which is a good thing, because he is not guaranteed to have a spot on the 53-man roster this season.

Carroo has underwhelmed with the Dolphins, who traded up into the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select the receiver.

Carroo has played 28 games during his two-year NFL career (14 games Womens Pat Lafontaine Jersey in each of the last two seasons).

But he’s only started two games, and both of those came in 2016, with the bulk of Carroo’s playing time in the NFL coming on special teams.

How the Cavaliers can win: James being spectacular is a prerequisite, and Cleveland needs to bring the same defensive effort that carried the Cavs in the Game 7 win at Boston. From there, Cleveland needs to do what Houston did against Golden State force turnovers and attack the offensive glass.

How the Warriors can win: Take care of the basketball. Do that, and they will be fine. Don’t do that, and they’re asking for trouble.

Judge has quietly hit.292 with 15 home runs, tied for sixth-most in the AL, and a 1.008 OPS.

He’s easily supplanted shortstop Didi Gregorius as team MVP. Gregorius has cooled off big-time since his scorching April earned him AL Player of the Month honors.

He’s been great, manager Aaron Boone said of Judge before the Yankees’ game against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

He really has been so consistent for Yoenis Cespedes Jersey us. I feel like the at-bat quality for him, all the things we talk about it seems like with you guys everyday, grinding out at-bats, he just makes it so hard on the pitcher, you can see the pitcher really have to work so hard and pitch carefully to him.

Mesoraco has done a good job of pitch-calling for starters Syndergaard, Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz, and reliever Hansel Robles, but they’ve all been on the disabled list at some point this year.

Brandon Marshall joins the Seahawks

In 12 NFL seasons, Brandon Marshall has never been to the playoffs.

Now, he’s joining a team that would conceivably give him a chance.

Two games later, Perez broke his leg. All that progress was gone in an instant. Perez missed the rest of that season and all of spring practice. Southwestern brought in a transfer quarterback from Florida International — a Division I player who had won California Player of the Year in high school — to replace Perez.

You don’t realize how much you need your legs until you don’t have one, until you’re handicapped a little bit, Perez says now, in a light tone before getting a little more serious.

Elissa Ennis testified last week that she lied to the police when she accused Foster of attacking her in February. She said she wanted retribution after Foster tried to end their relationship, saying she was angry and I wanted to end him. She testified that Foster never hit her.

Foster was arrested after Ennis told police he dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of their house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times in February.

Mike Martz, a San Diego native, will coach the San Diego team. He served as offensive coordinator the Super Bowl XXXIV champion Rams in 1999, and as head coach Martz took the Rams to Super Bowl XXXVI. (Maybe Kurt Warner can come out of retirement to play for Martz, or at least openly muse about the possibility before claiming it’s a #slownewsday when people react.)

The Chargers played in San Diego from 1961 through 2016, moving to L.A. last year. The AAF is due to begin playing the Sunday after Super Bowl LIII.

Prosecutors had continued to pursue the case despite Ennis’ recantation. The prosecution said her testimony at last week’s hearing couldn’t be trusted given inconsistencies throughout.

Ennis testified that Foster broke up with her after she got into a fight with another woman during a road rage incident in San Francisco. She said her injuries resulted from that fight. A 22-second video clip of the fight was presented as evidence in the case.

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Game Youth Kevin Kiermaier Jersey Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said this week that bringing back tight end Antonio Gates would get my vote as part of the team’s plan to move forward without Hunter Henry after Henry tore his ACL during a recent practice.
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Elite Kids Khalil Mack Jersey The Chargers said earlier this offseason that they’re moving on without their longtime star, although that was before Henry’s injury. During a chat with fans on the team’s website on Friday, General Manager Tom Telesco said they heard what Rivers had to say but that there’s been no change in plans at this point.

It’s the team’s biggest need both now and in the future with Ezekiel Ansah in the final year of his deal and Kerry Hyder an unknown coming off an Achilles injury. Detroit has been unable to sack quarterbacks with regularity over the past two seasons and is in need of defensive playmakers. The team does have other needs, but none are larger than on the defensive line, where a pass-rusher (or two) and an interior defender (or two) are possible picks the first two days. — Michael Rothstein

I don’t [think so], man, cause I get up from the bed Ben Bishop USA Jersey sometimes in the morning, I’m just like, I shuffle across the ground cause I can’t bend my ankles, Johnson said. That was my problem when I played, just ankle’s always stuck or swelled up, I can’t flex them. If you can’t flex your ankles then you’re just running flat-footed all the time.

Johnson said he’s otherwise healthy and feels no effects from concussions, and he said he wouldn’t stop his sons from playing football. But as for him, he’s done.

The Golden Knights’ biggest free-agent signing was one of their biggest whiffs: The 30-year-old forward grew tired of playing in the AHL, made his displeasure known publicly and then retired to return home to play in Russia. McPhee later said that, symbolically, standing up to a player with a large contract had a positive impact, which is more than you can say Shipachyov did on the ice.

After heavily flirting with the Senators over a potential Erik Karlsson trade, McPhee took the plunge with the Red Wings for the 27-year-old scoring winger.

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He is a fullback with a howitzer. His athleticism and arm strength are as impressive as that of any quarterback we’ve seen in the last 25 years.
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However, Newton has completed 60 percent of his pass attempts just twice in seven seasons. He hasn’t hit that benchmark since 2013.

New Panthers OC Norv Turner told’s David Newton (no relation) that improvement in that regard is an important step in Cam’s evolution from zone-read quarterback to a more prototypical passer.

I see Cam as a guy that can be in the mid- to high-60s in the completion percentage, Turner said. We’re working hard in terms of scheming and getting the ball out quick. We want a good mix of dropback, play action.

However, Tom Brady is also 40 years old. Before the 2018 season begins, Authentic Keyshawn Johnson Jersey he’ll celebrate another birthday.

There’s been no indication that Brady’s level of play has fallen off, but we’ve reached the point in the saga of Tom Terrific where that drop could happen at any time.

ESPN lost Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden to the Oakland Raiders, who is being replaced by former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.
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Former Sunday Night Baseball analyst Aaron Boone left ESPN before the 2018 season to become manager of the Yankees. He was replaced in the broadcast booth by former Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
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ESPN also has been playing with its programming lineup.

The network just launched a new morning show, Get Up with hosts Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose.

Greenberg left his ESPN radio gig, Mike and Mike, to host Get Up. Trey Wingo now hosts the morning radio show with Mike Golic.

Machado is having an MVP-caliber season for the last place Orioles, who are 16-34,聽putting them 18 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

He leads MLB with 44 RBI and is tied for second with 15 home runs.聽Machado is tied for second in the American League with a.335 batting average.