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Reuben Foster pleads no contest to weapons charge

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor weapons charge stemming from his February arrest, the Santa Clara County Superior Court confirmed to

Foster was sentenced to two years of probation, 240 hours of community service (he’s already worked eight) and $235 total in fines after his attorney entered the plea on his behalf, The Athletic’s David Lombardi reported. In addition, Foster is barred from owning a gun while on probation.

The 49ers organization is aware of the recent developments in the legal proceedings involving Reuben Foster and that the matter has come to a conclusion, 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

It was horrible, Hernandez said. The fact that it is somebody who just recently became so close and so dear to me was even worse. From the short time I’ve known Gettleman, he is strong.

He always has a positive attitude. He’s the reason why I’m here, so of course I’m going to be behind him 100 percent and supporting him in anyway I can.

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Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden was worth the total price of his rookie contract the moment the 2015 second-round pick hit double digits in sacks in the second-to-last game of his sophomore NFL season. Ultimately, he and Vic Beasley were the only players in the league with 12-plus sacks and four or more forced fumbles that year. 

He’s coming off a season that was derailed early by a torn ACL, but the 25-year-old told the media last month—per Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan—that he’ll be out there soon. And when that happens, the 26th-highest-paid player on the Cards roster will continue to be a bargain up front. 

With all due respect to Grady Jarrett (on a four-year, $2.5 million rookie deal) and Tevin Coleman (four years, $3.2 million), the Atlanta Falcons are getting just a little bit more out of third-year linebacker Deion Jones.

The Giants stretching the field more in 2018 will help open the entire operation.

jets_132Upgrades to the offensive line should aid that endeavor. One player Manning specifically mentioned is second-round guard Will Hernandez, who brings a feistiness to Big Blue’s interior.

Will Hernandez has already been in five fights, Manning said. I love it.

When Anthony Barr drove Rodgers into the turf last October, the resulting clavicle fracture effectively turned out the lights on the Packers ‘ 2017 season. Such is the value of the accomplished State Farm pitch man, who, when healthy, is one of the very best quarterbacks to ever play the game. You can imagine Rodgers, now 34, will be beyond motivated to unseat the Vikings (and Barr) in the NFC North. The addition of Jimmy Graham smells like a red-zone bonanza, and Davante Adams is in line for a career year with Jordy Nelson now lining up wide in Oakland. If Rodgers can stay healthy, he’s a lock for team — and possibly league — MVP.

We’re always open to outside help, no matter what time of year it happens to be, Cashman said. But we also have internal options that we can rely on.

Cashman highlighted the recovery of another injured pitcher, Luis Cessa (oblique). The right-hander could eventually give the Yankees added starting depth depending upon his progression. Per Cashman, a second rehab start is coming up in the next few days for Cessa.

Tanaka was hurt sprinting from third base to home in the sixth inning of Friday’s win over the New York Mets at Citi Field.

It’s not something that I normally do or that we pitchers in the American League normally do, Tanaka said of running the bases. But that’s part of baseball. It’s on me that I got hurt. I don’t think it’s about the rules.

Now McLeod will get another chance over the summer to train for an NHL spot come training camp in September. Even though the Devils will have the same center depth entering the season, McLeod will have a better chance to make his case since he will turn pro in 2018-19.

I really believe Mike’s got all the tools to play, Castron said. He’s got to be mentally ready and get stronger and prove he can handle it. As everybody knows, it’s not an easy league to play in. You’ve got to be ready to go.

Karablog: Paul Goldschmidt returns to form

jets_131Just as nobody enjoys getting injured, nobody really wants to talk about injuries either, and this past weekend was a rough one for several big-name pitchers and prospects. Rough, rough weekend. However, instead of starting a new week dissecting myriad negatives, let us focus on a positive! Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, a consensus top-10 fantasy option that began the week as arguably the biggest disappointment in the game, had a terrific week, easily topping the Player Rater for that span.

Why waiting for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might be the best thing for Toronto. Plus, a stat that could decide the NL Central and an inside look at the Brewers’ approach.

It’s ironic that Royals shifts have been so effective because, just last week, manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star, I don’t know they would ever do it but if they came to me and say would you like to outlaw the shifts, I would say yes.

Odubel Herrera, who was the catalyst of the Philadelphia offense through his first 45 games of the season, has cooled off in recent weeks. The center fielder has just 10 hits in his last 68 at-bats (.147 average) and has 19 strikeouts and three walks during that span. Herrera’s OPS, which was .989 on May 17, has dropped to .786.

I think he’s going through a rough time. It’s been a significant drop in his numbers, his statistics, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters Sunday. We’re all seeing that. We’re seeing his rhythm and timing. He’s a rhythm and timing hitter … so when that timing is disturbed and disrupted, you just don’t see as clean swings. We know that rhythm and that timing has to come back.

Nola (7-2, 2.35 ERA) doesn’t typically need much run support when he’s on the mound. The 25-year-old right-hander will be making his 14th start of the season Tuesday, and Nola has yet to pitch less than five innings or give up more than four runs in a 2018 outing.

Nola allowed three runs and four hits in six innings against the Chicago Cubs in his last start but tied a season high with four walks.

Tuesday’s start will be the second of Nola’s career against the Rockies. He gave up two runs in seven innings at Coors Field on Aug. 6, 2017.

Gray (6-6, 5.66 ERA), meanwhile, was the starter in the Rockies’ most recent win. He pitched five innings against the Cincinnati Reds last Wednesday, giving up three runs and seven hits.

Gray is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.254 WHIP in three career starts against the Phillies.

The Chicago Cubs dented the Milwaukee Brewers’ normally lights-out bullpen to return to first place in the NL Central.

jets_130Vladimir Guerrero Jr. attended the game while in the process of rehabbing the strained patellar tendon in his left knee. I’m not frustrated at all. Stuff happens that you can’t control, said Toronto’s 19-year-old 3B prospect, who has driven in 55 runs in 53 games for Double-A New Hampshire. He is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (right knee) was back in the lineup after sitting out two games. … 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) took live batting practice but is not yet running the bases at 100 percent. … RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will start for Class A Dunedin Wednesday night.

BOSTON The Chicago White Sox had a tough time scoring runs during their weekend in Boston. However, the pitching staff came through to deliver a big series victory over the Red Sox.

Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the seventh inning, Daniel Palka had a two-run double and the White Sox beat the Red Sox 5-2 Sunday to win two of three games against one of the majors’ best teams.

Chicago took the set by a 8-6 margin, eking out a 1-0 win Friday against Red Sox ace Chris Sale before losing 4-2 on Saturday. White Sox pitchers held Boston to a combined .186 average (18 for 97) in the series.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (5-4, 2.85) faces the Astros on Tuesday. Two of Mengden’s four losses this season have come against Houston.Goldschmidt stays hot as Diamondbacks beat Rockies 8-3

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (6-6, 5.66) will start Colorado’s six-game road trip against Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.20 ERA) pitches the opener at Milwaukee on Monday night. Quintana has a streak of 24 scoreless innings against the Brewers and will face RHP Junior Guerra (3-4, 2.83).Twins hold off Angels for 7-5 win

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24) is scheduled to get the ball Tuesday in Detroit to begin a six-game road trip. LHP Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66) is the scheduled Tigers starter.Lopez, Palka help White Sox beat Red Sox 5-2

What if Yanks traded for Verlander?

jets_120Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team in April in an effort to help the President clear up any ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Shurmur maintains the Giants are a better team with him here than without him, and now Ereck Flowers gets to prove if that statement is valid. The erstwhile starting left tackle last week finally decided to grace the team with his presence, and he gets thrust into the competition for the starting right tackle spot, where second-year Chad Wheeler has worked this spring. This will not be an easy transition for Flowers, a left tackle in college at Miami and in his first three years in the NFL. Expect him to struggle to get his bearings. These practices should show what he needs to work on leading into more grueling training camp tests.

That position was not deep safety, which would’ve been obvious if you watched even a handful of his plays from Michigan. He was very good at making plays close to the line of scrimmage, but because the Browns were so thin at the safety position they had to play Peppers deep, which was a major reason for why so many teams were able to hit on big plays against the team.

The Browns made sure that wouldn’t be the case this season. They brought in Damarious Randall to play deep safety. They even traded their starting quarterback from last season, DeShone Kizer, to get him.

Now Peppers will be able to play more of a strong safety role where he can help in the run game, but still make some plays in the passing game, too. It was a huge concern for him coming out of college, and he didn’t do much to change that perception in his rookie year. If he doesn’t do it again this season then we could be talking about him changing positions again next season.

Guy who already got paid doesn’t understand why guy who didn’t isn’t showing up

Texans sign rookie free agents Kendall Calhoun, Nick Thurman among many moves

The Texans made a bevy of moves official Monday.

They announced their claim of quarterback Stephen Morris off waivers from the Seahawks.

Houston also signed tackle Kendall Calhoun, a rookie free agent from the University of Cincinnati, and defensive end Nick Thurman, a rookie free agent from the University of Houston.

The Texans waived two players in corresponding moves, cutting first-year receiver Montay Crockett and rookie defensive end Jalen Wilkerson.

Mike Vrabel is as well-suited for coaching as any player I have ever coached, Belichick said in a statement following Vrabel’s retirement in 2011, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe. “He has a tremendous feel for people, players, coaches and what his team needs regardless of the situation. He is outstanding in his knowledge of the game, which contributed to his excellence as a player. I have no doubt Mike will develop tough, intelligent, fundamentally sound winners.”

You don’t see that in Scranton, Frazier said. “It’s fun. I’m still kind of in awe. I didn’t have a spring training with these guys, so I didn’t see it in person.”

His spring training concussion was one of the toughest things he’s ever had to deal with in his young life and before Saturday’s game he talked at length about his way-longer-than-expected recovery.

Frazier, 23, also once made it very clear once again that he wants to a Yankee now and forever when he was asked about his name often coming up in trade rumors because the big club is set at all three outfield positions and DH.

I want to be here for the rest of my career, Frazier said with conviction. “This is an amazing place to be right now. I don’t want to be traded. I want to be a Yankee and I want to be a part of this special team for a long time to come.”cardinals_035

The 1 position each NFL team should feel great about this offseason

The 1 position each NFL team should feel great about this offseason More The free agency market has been picked down to scraps, and the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. All that’s left is a wait through the summer months for the next NFL season to begin. Some teams still have holes in their rosters that could be problems in 2018. At the very least, every team has a weakness somewhere. But here we’ll be a little more positive.

Coming off a dismal 0-16 season, the Browns have been chosen to appear on HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series, which gives NFL fans a behind-the-scenes look at training camp.

The Browns have turned down previous opportunities to be on the award-winning series. But with optimism circling around Cleveland following the recent draft, and the selection of No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Baker Mayfield, the team is granting HBO unlimited access to its upcoming camp.

Although they’ve won only one game the past two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, the Browns see the show as a possibility to highlight some of their younger players and put a positive spin on their team.

Do you think the Browns are a good choice for ‘Hard Knocks?’

Now May is here – a supposed moment set aside to create a consensus – and the most resolute statement is that there will be “discussions.” Over the last year, discussions have come and gone and little has changed in this conversation. That might be the most instructive part in this past year of debate – that it will likely go on, largely because the only agreement is to continue talking about disagreement.

“I’ve been in communication with Tom. I think he’s very excited about the upcoming season,” Kraft said Wednesday, per The Boston Globe. “These are voluntary workouts. I heard he’s in great shape.

“I know he’s very excited about being at minicamp and having a very special season this year.”

Kraft also pointed to Brady’s family and off-field commitments as reasons he is missing the OTAs, but reassured that the 40-year-old is excited for the 2018 season.

“I was thinking back to when he joined us, where he’s blessed to have three children now and he’s built a number of businesses and has certain responsibilities,” Kraft said. “I think it’s very hard for him to fulfill those during the season and the commitment that he has to football.”cowboys_074

Watch: 49ers introduce retro alternate uniforms

The 49ers are kicking it old school.

The team on Wednesday unveiled its new alternate uniforms, which are inspired by the 1994 Super Bowl season and reintroduce the franchise’s retro look.

In two years for Super Bowl 54, the NFL will return to one of its favorite Super Bowl locations. The Miami area already has hosted 10 Super Bowls, and its 11th will break a tie with New Orleans for the most in the country.

Now called Hard Rock Stadium, the venue that the NFL’s Miami Dolphins call home originally was named Joe Robbie Stadium when it opened in 1987. It has been renamed seven times since and has hosted five Super Bowls, with the old Miami Orange Bowl having hosted South Florida’s other five Super Bowls.

Two days in the NFL was enough for the former LSU offensive tackle, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The Texans placed the undrafted rookie on the reserve/retired list.

A four-star recruit out of Ruston, La., and two-year starter at LSU, Malone (6-4, 303 pounds) missed the last six games of 2017 because of a knee injury.

He was able to participate in the combine but said via social media Monday that the knee hadn’t completely recovered and it was “best to step away” from football. “With that being said, I will further my career in Law Enforcement,” he added on Twitter.

The Golden Knights are Canada’s team because of Marc-Andre Fleury, who is a proud Canadian, unlike Hellebuyck, who is an American, and therefore inferior. Fleury has a chance to potentially make the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is indeed located in Canada, because of course it is.

“But I’d rather be doing that than have broken the rules and had an issue that we were in an unlawful position by having some information. So there’s no doubt it’s a tough spot to be, but I’ll take the tough spot by following the rules versus not following the rules and being in an unlawful position.”ravens_151

Jerrell Freeman announces retirement

Veteran linebacker Jerrell Freeman announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

“I will be retiring from the NFL today,” Freeman said on social media. “My health and my family are my top priorities. . . . Thank you Bears, Colts, Roughriders, and yes, even the Titans (where I only had a cup of coffee, haha). You will always be like family. It’s been a long and rewarding journey.”

The Bears released Freeman in February.

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For example, after USA Today reported in late March that the Competition Committee found fewer than 10 examples of 2017 plays that would have been penalties a year ago, the NFL told PFT that the information from USA Today was not correct.

“It’s a substantial change,” Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay said at the time. “Lowering their head, creating a different spine angle, and delivering a blow . . . we need to protect all players at all times and say that technique is not allowed. So if you lower your head to initiate contact and you initiate, it’s a foul. . . . It’s one of the most dangerous techniques there is, but yet we’ve allowed it to creep in and it’s now very prevalent. And we need to get it out. And we’re not going to get it out by saying, ‘We need to teach it better,’ we’re going to get it out by penalizing it.”

So it’s going to be applied a lot more extensively than only a handful of times per year, right? Apparently, wrong.

Via Kevin Seifert of, NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent said Tuesday that, of 40,000 plays from recent years that have been examined by the league, only four hits would have triggered ejections under the new rules.broncos_032_61070dc1e64d4a64-180x180

Dolphins don’t pick up Stephone Anthony’s 2019 option

The decisions about 2019 contract options for 2015 first-round picks are in and the final result finds that 20 of the 32 picks had their options exercised this offseason.

Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, one of the 12 that didn’t is Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony. Anthony is now set for unrestricted free agency after the 2018 season unless he signs a new deal with Miami before hitting the open market.

Snell reported that Patricia and his friend, Greg Dietrich, were indicted on one count of aggravated sexual assault in relation to allegations stemming from an encounter during spring break in South Padre Island, Texas. Patricia was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the time.

The accuser decided against testifying, which resulted in the case never going to trial.

Baalke is gone, but the 49ers haven’t stopped taking players in that position. They made former North Carolina State defensive end Kentavius Street the 128th overall pick of the draft despite a torn ACL that he suffered during a pre-draft workout for the Giants.

Street had surgery a few days ago and will almost surely spend his rookie season on injured reserve with the Niners.

Street started every game the last two seasons on a strong N.C. State defensive line — Street is the fourth player from the line drafted so far this year — and finished his college career with 19 tackles for losses and eight sacks.

Quite the start for new general manager Brian Gutekunst.

The Kansas City Chiefs were bound to ask Alex Smith to pass the quarterback torch to Patrick Mahomes in the near future. You don’t sacrifice two first-round picks for a guy and keep him on the sideline for long. broncos_065_bd10520178894a2b-180x180