Sports That Matters
August 6, 2019
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What’s new in the NFL!
The Washington Redskins will become the first NFL team to have a gambling-focused telecast of their games, offering cash prizes to viewers who correctly predict in-game outcomes during the preseason.
The telecasts on the regional cable network NBC Sports Washington will follow a formula established by the Redskins’ NBA neighbors, the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, however, offered the free-to-play contests during the regular season, while the Redskins will have them only during the four preseason games, when NBC Sports Washington has TV rights.
Kareem Hunt has learned there’s only one way to avoid trouble. “Lay low,” he said.
The Cleveland Browns’ suspended running back said that a recent off-field incident, which led to police questioning and raised team concerns, served as a reminder of his public profile and provided another wake-up call in his journey to become a better person.
“I’m going to learn from everything and not make the same mistake again,” he said. “Definitely learning from it.
Speaking of the Browns, head coach Freddie Kitchens fired back at former offensive line coach Bob Wylie, who worked alongside him last season and said over the weekend that Kitchens received too much credit for Cleveland’s second-half turnaround.
“Bob doesn’t wear brown and orange anymore,” Kitchens said. “I had the opportunity to hire Bob. I did not want to.”
During a Saturday interview with CBS Sports Radio, Wylie made stinging remarks about Kitchens, who began 2018 as the Browns’ running backs coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator after eight games and ultimately hired as head coach in January.
The New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold worked on getting stronger entering his second NFL season. And the results have been noticeable, the football seems to be spinning better, and faster out of Darnold’s hand this summer.
“It just comes with confidence,” Darnold said Monday. “Confidence in going out there and knowing that I can do this. It’s not that I didn’t know that last year, it’s just with this offense, I feel like I already know most of it, so I’m just going out and spinning it, whereas last year I was still not super comfortable with all the guys and getting in the huddle, feeling timid and I wasn’t really myself.
Representatives for running back Ezekiel Elliott have told the Dallas Cowboys that he will not play during the 2019 season without a new contract.
It’s not likely that Elliott’s holdout continues into the regular season, based on the belief that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a new deal done before Week 1.
Owner of the Oakland Raiders Mark Davis and other top Raiders executives were on hand for the ceremonial topping off of the team’s new $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas.
The Raiders may not be a playoff team this year, but are loaded with draft picks and should be finding their form by the time they open in Sin City for the 2020 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker James Onwualu will miss the season because of knee injury, leaving the team pretty thin at that position as the preseason begins on Thursday.
The Buffalo Bills will not make it out of training camp with a clean bill of health. Recent signee E.J. Gaines will miss “a few weeks” with a groin injury, according to coach Sean McDermott.
Gaines, who suffered the injury during Sunday’s practice and left the field, signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Bills this offseason — his second stint with the team. He first came to Buffalo in 2017 as part of the Sammy Watkins trade.
Quarterback Cam Newton, coming off January shoulder surgery, also won’t play against the Bears as the Panthers try to protect their two biggest stars. Kyle Allen will start, followed by third-round draft pick Will Grier.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly anticipated the question before reporters could ask on Tuesday, the first time he has addressed why he left practice six days ago with an injury that wasn’t identified.
“Well, I know what you guys are all going to ask,” the six-time Pro Bowler said. “My head’s good. I wasn’t in the [concussion] protocol. . . . I just got rolled up weird. They said, ‘All right, you’ve got sit out, Luke.’ You’ve got to listen to what they say. “I practiced the last few days. Everything is fine.’
The Niners activated Jerick McKinnon from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, which allows him to resume on-field activities such as walk-throughs and participate in practice.
In March 2018, McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the Niners, who hoped to make him a focal point of their offense, particularly in the passing game. Upon his return, he enters a crowded backfield that also includes Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert jockeying for position and snaps.
Free-agent cornerback Morris Claiborne has been suspended for the first four weeks of the 2019 NFL season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Tom Brady has never known what it’s like to play out the final season of a contract in his 20-year NFL career. Brady, who turned 42, is signing a two-year, $70 million extension that runs through 2021 and includes a hefty raise this season.
Brady will get an $8 million raise in 2019, when he’ll make $23 million. The extension also calls for him to make $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021, when he would be 44.
Brady led the Patriots to a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. He is one of just four players to win six NFL titles, Hall of Famers Herb Adderley and Forrest Gregg and their teammate, Fuzzy Thurston.
Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, have placed their Brookline, Massachusetts, home on the market for $39.5 million.
The couple’s next-closest property, at Silo Ridge Field Club in Armenia, New York, is nearly 3 hours from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They also own a place in New York City — and reportedly have been looking in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Alpine, New Jersey.
Houston Texans rookie Lonnie Johnson Jr. didn’t make any friends on the first day of joint practices with the Green Bay Packers, and he didn’t even get to finish the workout because his coach kicked him off the field after the cornerback leveled two players in what was supposed to be a non-tackling session.
After working out for the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, free-agent receiver Michael Crabtree received an offer from the club, but the two sides could not agree to terms.
Crabtree, 31, made 54 catches — his fewest in a full season since his 2009 rookie year — for 607 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also led the NFL with eight dropped passes last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.