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Although some reports claim this year’s NFL season is unusually conflicted with concerts, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy called it business as usual.
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We’ve even had conflicts with the pope, he said of a request that the Philadelphia Eagles not play at home during the pontiff’s visit in Week 3 of 2015.
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Team owners generally have complete scheduling control over the use of their home stadiums, Pollstar’s Gary Bongiovanni said. They want those shows and the income, prestige, etc., that comes from a superstar playing at their house.The Jets picked up the fifth-year option for 2019 on defensive lineman Leonard Williams’ contract on Saturday.

The Steelers tendered Chickillo with an original round tender worth $1.907 million for the 2018 season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2015.

Chickillo played all 16 games with two starts last season, making 14 tackles and three sacks.

As a rookie in 2015, he initially made the team out of training camp only to have the Steelers waive him a few days later. They signed him back to the practice squad before promoting him to the active roster three weeks later.

He appeared in seven games as a rookie and 15 in 2016. For his career, Chickillo has 54 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

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Shurmur said it is hard to tell when Beckham might progress to a larger practice workload. The Giants start OTAs on May 21 and have another three-day minicamp in mid-June.

Of the 13 USC quarterbacks drafted since 1980, none has won more than 51.7 percent of his starts and just four have started more than 29 games.

So, what gives? Why haven’t USC quarterbacks been more successful in the NFL 鈥?particularly the highly touted first-round picks?

It’s a question not easily answered because there aren’t a lot of common denominators among them. But The Post spoke to a cross-section of people around the NFL in search of theories.

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Billy Price’s doctor says he’ll be cleared by training camp

Ohio State center Billy Price said this week he was well.
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Now teams have a second opinion.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, Price’s doctor has sent a letter to NFL teams saying his surgically repaired left shoulder is recovering well with no deformity and that he should be cleared in time to participate in training camp.
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It is impossible to have been a football fan in New York who actually remembers the 1970s and not take pause, regularly, at what happened on April 28, 1981. The Giants and Jets had somehow gone 0-for-the-decade, 0-for-20 between them for playoff slots, and then opened the ’80s with matching 4-12s. As depressing as this year might have seemed, it was paradise compared to where both teams sat 37 years ago.

Roethlisberger has refrained from such talk this year and has signaled a desire to play for multiple years. That doesn’t mean the Steelers are ruling out using another selection on a quarterback and General Manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that he isn’t ruling out using their first-round pick in that direction.

Ben is a Hall of Fame quarterback, Colbert said. We’re very lucky to have him. He’s stated his intention to play at least a few more years and that’s awesome. As I said when we opened this, our job is to not only win a championship in ’18, it’s to secure this franchise’s ability to do it in the future.

It doesn’t seem to be a likely outcome as Colbert also stressed the need to surround Roethlisberger with the best possible talent and one imagines doing so on the field would qualify as the best way to maximize the quarterback’s remaining years in Pittsburgh.

USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield have all been linked to the Jets in various ways at various times. Only Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan knows which way he is leaning 鈥?and he is not telling.

Sergachev launched a booming shot through traffic, finding the upper right corner past Schneider for his first ever postseason goal.

After the Lightning controlled play for the majority of the first period, the Devils made a late push, getting some sustained pressure from their top line to flip the ice. But Vasilevskiy stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first.

Andujar says he’s not thinking at all about potentially losing his starting job to Drury or Torres.

“The way that I see it is it’s not about sending a message,” Andujar said. “It’s about doing your job.

I don’t worry about any of that. I can’t fill my mind with things like that. For me, it’s just staying ready to play. When the opportunity comes, you want to be ready for that opportunity to help the team.”

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There was no immediate indication how long the Yanks will be without Warren, a valuable middle reliever who is 0-1 with a 3.25 ERA over eight appearances.

Right-hander Jonathan Holder is back from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Warren on the Yankees’ 25-man roster.

Holder began the season with the Yankees, but was farmed out after struggling badly. In three appearances, he was 0-1 with a 20.25 ERA (2.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER).

What this means is a Yankees bullpen that has struggled in April now has two young arms in the mix with long reliever Domingo German and Holder.

Besides Warren, the Yankees have three other relievers on the DL.

Tommy Kahnle has been sidelined since April 17 with shoulder and forearm tendinitis, Luis Cessa was lost on April 19 with a left oblique strain and Ben Heller recently had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

No team did more to popularize that philosophy than Mike Shanahan’s Broncos. Between 1998-2000, they had three different running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards. Terrell Davis (sixth-round pick), Olandis Gary (fourth round) and Mike Anderson (sixth round) all excelled. That began to make teams question taking a running back at the top of the draft.

NBA tanking leading to tension between owners and coaches

If tanking is happening in the NFL, it rarely gets discussed. It’s definitely happening in the NBA, and it gets discussed plenty.
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Tanking happens in the NBA even with a draft lottery. In the NFL, where the determining factor for draft order remains only wins and losses in the prior season, it’s a lot easier to tank and, in turn, even more tempting.

Again, tanking doesn’t consist of players or coaches deliberately trying to lose, although coaches have to be sufficiently secure in their futures to willingly go along with a plan hatched by others in the organization. The tanking comes from the front office/ownership suite, which realizes the value of making a non-playoff year as bad as it can possibly be, in the hopes of making the future as bright as possible. And it comes in the form of ownership directing the coaching staff to, for example, bench an aging franchise quarterback during a lost season for a younger understudy who isn’t in the same stratosphere as the veteran.

Which is precisely what the Giants tried to do last year. And which prompted an angry reaction from Giants co-owner John Mara regarding the possibility of tanking.

NFL owners get it. When tanking happens, there can be no evidence of tanking. Because acknowledging tanking means acknowledging that the integrity of the game can’t ever be fully protected or ensured, as long Womens Zac Dalpe Jersey as the draft order is premised not on success but on failure.

That may be self-serving, but there’s some truth to what McCarron is saying. There’s a minimum level of arm strength that’s necessary to be an NFL quarterback, but on the vast majority of passes, accuracy counts for more than arm strength.

McCollum shook off the Game 1 struggles, hitting four of eight from the floor in the opening quarter. His layup tied the game at 21 and then he dished to Harkless for the dunk to put the Blazer in front.

Portland led 35-30 after rookie Zach Collin’s bank shot and the Blazers led by as many as nine points before taking a 59-54 lead into halftime.

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NFL to release preseason schedule Wednesday night

We know one of the 65 preseason games that will take place in the NFL this summer and it won’t be long before we know what the rest of the schedule looks like.
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The NFL will be announcing the full preseason schedule for all 32 teams on NFL Network Wednesday.

The one game that’s already known is the Hall of Fame Game. The Ravens and Bears will square off on Thursday, August 2 ahead of this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will involve former Raven Ray Lewis and former Bear Brian Urlacher.

I wasn’t looking for them at all, Wall said of looking to draw contact and fouls. I just felt like when I got to the basket at times, I felt like I got fouled. The only time I say I really didn’t get fouled was the one time in transition when Kyle jumped [to challenge], and I said that was great defensive play — that wasn’t a foul there. But the one before that in transition, I felt I got fouled.

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That’s a good raise from the $1.9 million that Meredith stood to make after receiving the lowest RFA tender from the Bears. That’s why there’s no compensation due back for Chicago, something they could have changed by giving Meredith a second-round tender. That would have set him up to make just over 2.9 million in 2018 and the failure to do so will look like a misstep if they do wind up matching the offer sheet by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline.

Meredith had 66 catches for 888 yards in 2016, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL. That injury may have been the reason why the Bears resisted the higher tender number and we’ll see if it also leads them to part ways with Meredith altogether.

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DeGrom struck out 12 in 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets pitcher this season. He left with two on, one out and a five-run lead. He also drove in a run with a safety squeeze.

A.J. Cole (1-1) got the win despite giving up Asdrubal J.J. Jansen Youth jersey Cabrera’s two-run homer in the seventh that made it 6-1. Ryan Madson earned his second save.

AJ Ramos (0-1) took the loss.

Hall has goal, 2 assists as Devils rally past Lightning, 5-2

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Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen’s game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5-2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.

Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Lightning, who allowed the Devils to go on seven power plays. Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a major scrum with 23 seconds to go.

At the end of the day you give them that many power play chances and then you give them a 5-on-3, it’s a good chance they are eventually going to get one, Stamkos said. They got one and then they got momentum.

On the fifth pitch of the game, Springer smashed an inside fastball way back in left field for his 19th career home run against Seattle.

He’s tough, Springer said. He throws hard and has a great angle on his ball. It’s kind of one of those things where I’m looking for something to hit, and hopefully I don’t miss it.

After giving up the 455-foot blast, Paxton settled down by pounding the inside part of the plate.

You can’t let one hit — one home run — take me out of my game, Paxton said.

Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball to closer Edwin Al Jefferson Jersey Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading seventh save.

Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel with two outs in the fourth.

Catcher David Freitas led off the sixth for Seattle with a double. Gordon followed with a soft line drive to right that Springer was slow to after losing his footing and slipping on the grass.

Von Miller has become the prey.

A week after the Broncos star posted footage of him and friends capturing and releasing a hammerhead shark, wildlife officials in Florida are looking into the shark’s handling by the defensive end and his crew.

After PETA complained about the footage, in which Miller and the boat’s crew reel in a 9 1/2 foot shark off the Miami coast, admire it for a while and then set it free again, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it will investigate.

I can’t wait to meet her. She’s been really a great figure for a lot of people. The message of hope. We need hope. Her gentle spirit and her enthusiasm and support of that team goes way beyond that band of believers in that Loyola Chicago locker room. She’s touched the whole nation. We’ve had underdogs at this event before. This might be the best underdog story you can ever find. Sister Jean has elevated that to go beyond college basketball. Who can’t fall in love with this story? To see this sweet soul, who prays before the games not only for her team, but for the other team, for the officials.

Split rumors have plagued the couple in recent times.

Wilkinson addressed the buzz in a tearful video last week. “Ten years, I did everything I could — it wasn’t good enough,” she sobbed. “I will always love him.”

While Wilkinson was pregnant with Alijah, Baskett was rumored to have cheated on her with a transgender model.

“For me, this is more a human philosophy than it is a baseball philosophy,” Kapler said. “When the media asks me about players, I can always find something positive to say about them. I just think that’s the right way to live. It’s not baseball-related. It’s less a media strategy than a life strategy.”

The Phillies’ roster construction has compounded the early challenges facing Kapler. The team has a surplus of young position players who all burn to play regularly and have little experience with the alternative. On any given day, when Kapler posts his lineup card, two players with a legitimate claim to starting are going to be warming the bench and not especially pleased about it. Some early discontent bubbled up when Odubel Herrera expressed his disappointment about sitting on Opening Day and fellow outfielder Nick Williams chafed over his limited playing time in the first week. But public affirmations of support from several Philadelphia players seem to indicate the roster is sympathetic to Kapler’s plight and onboard with the program.

Odell Beckham Jr. is going to be a Giant this season 鈥?at least, according to college roommate and close buddy Jarvis Landry.

Beckham is going into the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, earning $8.5 million. He reportedly will not set foot on the field until he gets a new upgraded deal, which hasn’t happened. Until it does, there’s going to be speculation about Beckham’s future. And at the height of the reports about the Giants’ willingness to trade him, Landry waded in and tried to recruit his pal.
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Fellow receiver Landry 鈥?who arrived in Cleveland via trade and inked a five-year, $75.5 million deal 鈥?had called Beckham his brother and started up a one-man campaign last month to recreate their old LSU partnership with the rebuilding Browns. But on Monday, Landry finally gave up the dream, telling reporters in Cleveland that Beckham was going to stay with the Giants this season.

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Going against the overall TV narrative, NBA ratings were up across the board during the regular season. 鈥?TNT/NBA TV will use six teams to cover the first round of the NBA playoffs: Marv Albert and Chris Webber, Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller, Brian Anderson and Kevin McHale, Ian Eagle and Brent Barry, Spero Dedes and Mike Fratello and Pete Pranica with analyst Greg Anthony.

If the Giants don’t target a quarterback or an imposing defensive lineman like Bradley Chubb, Barkley could be their guy. The Giants’ rushing attack has been one of its weakest links for years, and the way Gettleman raves about Barkley, he seems to think he could fit right in.

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Sara Blackwell, Ware’s attorney, told The New York Times that her client wasn’t focusing on any monetary damage, though they are requested. Ware was demanding arbitration from the Florida Commission on Human Relations and a hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tonya Harding, Josh Norman among all-star ‘DWTS’ cast

Can a skyhook be worked into a cha-cha? How about a lift? Will a touchdown dance score big with the judges?
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Basketball doesn’t transfer too well into dancing, but I enjoy it, Abdul-Jabbar said. The things I did on the court will help inspire me.

Notre Dame junior Arike Ogunbowale, who hit the game-winning shots in both the semifinal and national championship games at the Women’s Final Four, also will be competing. She will be paired with veteran DWTS dancer Gleb Savchenko.

I have a lot of stuff going on with school. I still haven’t caught up from the Final Four, Ogunbowale said of balancing DWTS training with classes. But we’re definitely going to have time to do it.

The NFL is requesting the special investigator to assist the claim administrator and recommend sanctions.

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Lawyers for the players alleged in a filing last month that the NFL is intentionally slowing the claims process, according to the Washington Post. Dementia claims have been especially slow to be paid out. According to the Post, only six of the 1,113 claimants with a dementia diagnosis have been paid.
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The New York Mets will go for their fourth straight series win when they face the host Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
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The Mets (8-1) have won six games in a row and lead the National League East.

Pat Riley said he felt tremendous anger when LeBron James left the Heat. He revealed more about his experiences with James in a new book.

As James gave his answer, he leaned over in his seat on the baseline at Madison Square Garden and rapped his knuckles against the court, literally knocking on wood.

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As for Monday’s game against the Knicks, James had little interest in rehashing New York big man Enes Kanter’s beef with him.

Meanwhile, the Marlins (3-7) are in last place in the same division, trailing by 5 1/2 games after Monday’s 4-2 loss.

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Shortstop Amed Rosario, playing his first full year in the majors, went 2-for-4 on Monday with an RBI single as well as a double that went high off the wall in straight-away center.