Jim Kelly scheduled for more surgery amid oral cancer battle

Legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will have a follow-up procedure as he continues to recover from oral cancer.

Kelly had a massive surgery in March to reconstruct his upper jaw, but he will have another in June to stabilize it. According to Kelly’s wife, there might be another procedure in September.

Update… Went to NYC yesterday for a checkup and moving forward, strategy meeting. The doctors were very impressed with how much Jim has healed since he’s been home. Praise God! The plan at this point is that he will have surgery in mid-June to lesson the “skin flap” bulk in his mouth, as well as put implants into his upper jaw. And then there will be more healing and waiting and then another surgery and possibly upper teeth sometime in September.

It’s the second resurgence of Kelly’s oral cancer. He was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2013, undergoing months of radiation and chemotherapy before being declared in remission.

The Panthers have only six matchups on the schedule against playoff teams from last season, but they also got stuck with the three teams from the NFC (Seahawks, Cowboys, Lions) that just missed the postseason at 9-7.

Toughest tests: Other than the four sure-to-be brutal matchups against the Saints and Falcons, the Panthers’ toughest game in 2018 likely will be their road matchup against the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles. Philadelphia is coming back with a roster that features many of the same players from its title team, and the fact that it’s in Philly just adds to the degree of difficulty.

Biggest breaks: The Panthers quietly have built a bit of a rivalry with the Seahawks. The most recent matchup left something to be desired, as Seattle demolished Carolina at home, 40-7. The Seahawks will look different this year, though, and are coming off a year in which they missed the postseason. It still will be a tough matchup, but Carolina getting to play Seattle at home should make a big difference for the Panthers.ravens_137

Jets will travel for joint practices with Washington this summer

The Jets will spend several days in Richmond, Virginia for practices before their second preseason game of the summer.

Plenty of veteran players hate the draft. For them, the draft brings a fresh crop of young players who may end up taking their jobs.

At his Pro Day workout, Kahlil McKenzie — a defensive tackle at Tennessee — performed offensive line drills. And he did well enough to get the Chiefs to draft Kahlil as a guard.

“I told him, ‘It’s a conspiracy. This is you. You did this,’” Kahlil McKenzie said. “He always wanted me to play offensive line. He was happy to see me play offensive line and said that I moved really well doing it. He said I looked like an offensive lineman doing those drills.”’

For more from McKenzie, check out his pre-draft visit to PFT Live, via Skype from Green Bay, where he grew up.

Maybe it all wouldn’t translate perfectly to the NFL.

Still, the Yankees have no choice but to ride Gray out.

They’re already a starting pitcher short with Jordan Montgomery (elbow strain) out until sometime in June. Domingo German has jumped into that spot.

Luis Cessa (left oblique strain) has been out since April 19 with no timetable for his return. One of their top pitching prospects, Chance Adams, hasn’t been very good at Triple-A and on Friday, Justus Sheffield, their best pitching prospect, was pulled from his start with shoulder stiffness.

There are no other clear options. The Yankees will have to let Gray figure it out.

Vernon Shazier said before his interview with ESPN that he couldn’t get into specifics of his son’s injury. The Steelers have not elaborated in detail what Shazier’s surgery entailed nor about his prognosis.

“We’re praying for healing and keeping our mind and faith strong. We know we’re in a deep valley, but we do not feel alone,” said Vernon Shazier, an NFL chaplain who added: “It’s easy to be faithful in a storm, but we’re not talking about a drizzle. We’re talking about a hurricane, a category 5 [hurricane], lots of metaphors to describe it.”

On Tuesday, Shazier was announced as a Pro Bowl representative for his 89 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles through 12 games and his teammates who’ve visited him say he’s eager to talk football strategy for the Steelers as they look to the playoffs.sabres_074

Josh Rosen addresses Mora’s “opinions”

With the comments of his former head coach taking center stage throughout most of the day on Monday, quarterback Josh Rosen has chimed in with a couple of tweets..

Robinson and Watkins got paid most, but Richardson (five years, $40 million from the Redskins) and Wilson (three years, $24 million from the Dolphins) can’t complain about averaging $8 million in annual salary coming off limited production. Heck, even Amendola (two years, $12 million from the Dolphins) got more than he’s worth. John Brown ($5 milion) and Ryan Grant (four years, $29 million) got paid well by the Ravens, too. The Eagles paid Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith well last year. Copycat city.

C’mon, Le’Veon. With a running back market in which Dion Lewis is getting $5 million a year, you should be thrilled you get a chance to earn $14.5 million fully guaranteed for only one season.

The Cowboys made Harris a sixth-round pick in 2011. He played his first four seasons in Dallas before signing with the Giants as a free agent.

He has played 88 games with 10 starts in his career. Harris has 130 kickoff returns for 3,392 yards (26.1 average) and one touchdown, 157 punt returns for 1,524 yards (9.7 average) and three touchdowns.

As a receiver, Harris has 70 receptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns.

Often, this means taking chances with higher-upside, riskier players to make up ground in head-to-head formats. If you’re probably going to lose anyway, why not go down fighting?

Others are looking to protect leads, especially ratios in rotisserie leagues. Regardless of your format, we have all the rankings and player recommendations you need to finish the week on a high note.

Five years later, the NFL and Las Vegas are moving in together. The Raiders are on their way from Oakland, and the sports betting concerns have been addressed.

In fact, one of the earliest steps Raiders owner Mark Davis took in the Las Vegas relocation process was to examine the sports betting issue. It began with an on-field chat, before a 2014 home game against the Broncos, which three months later led to a hush-hush meeting in Las Vegas. The result was a blueprint for how professional sports teams and legal sports betting can co-exist.

This is the story behind the report that helped the Raiders get comfortable with Las Vegas.flames_018

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo offered to help save Jason Kidd’s job, report says

Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly was willing to try to save Jason Kidd’s job as Bucks coach.

Milwaukee abruptly fired Kidd on Monday afternoon. Kidd told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne he received a call from the Bucks’ star 23-year old forward shortly before the team notified him of the move.

Kidd told Shelburne that Antetokounmpo offered to call his agent as well as Milwaukee’s owner to lobby for Kidd to remain the team’s coach. Kidd declined Antetokounmpo’s offer, he told Shelburne.

“We believe that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our talented team towards the next level, bringing us closer to our goal of competing for championships,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a press release.

Durant said officials around the league regularly act the way Williams did.

Durant is a frequent critic of officials. After he was ejected in December, for example, he told reporters (per ESPN.com), “The refs run the game, so if they’re not feeling good today, they can just make any decision they want.”

Acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline, Kane has four helpers and five points in three games with San Jose. He also seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game scoring streak.

“He’s been great,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “He’s a world-class player. You add a world-class player to your lineup, it makes everybody better.”

Timo Meier, who is scheduled to play in his 100th NHL game, has three goals in his last five contests, and is one of 10 Sharks with at least 10 goals.

James Harden, who logged 22 points and eight assists in his second game back from a hamstring injury, stressed the significance of winning but also highlighted the prominence of playing together as a team.

“That’s what we’re rooting for,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be easy. Every single game, we’re going to have to take it for ourselves and not relax. It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s about us and each and every game getting better.”giants_154

Nothing about the Patriots’ 10th trip to the Super Bowl is uncharted territory.

They’ve hoisted the Lombardi Trophy five times and they’ve even played the Eagles before, back in Super Bowl XXXIX.

They’re also expected to lose both offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to head coaching gigs after the big game, and they’ve even been through that in the past. It happened right after that Super Bowl win over the Eagles.

McDaniels is expected to take over as the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, while Patricia is headed for the Lions after the Super Bowl is over. There’s no question Bill Belichick can navigate the transition smoothly. After all, he lost offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to head coaching jobs back in 2005.

“Yeah,” I said, as the robot sprang to life and started making movements that could best be described as a mom half-heartedly dancing at her son’s wedding after a few glasses of chardonnay because she’s not crazy about the bride, but what are you gonna do?

“It’s super creepy,” I said. “Oh, god, she’s looking at me.”

“It’s got lasers in its eyes to detect faces,” Aaron said, as the robot spun its head in his direction. “It can see that my face is lined up with the lasers. It’s trying to see something.”

McDaniels should have accepted the Colts job for all of these very serious reasons. He will regret it when he’s in New England being chewed out by 40-year-old Tom Brady, and Seth Wickersham airs him out at some point if he ever becomes head coach.

This particularly was evident in the season’s two biggest games, when a running back who already is paid nearly 50 percent more than anyone else at his position — and is demanding even more — was outperformed by a rookie and played to a draw by a veteran who has been cut twice and is on his fourth NFL team.

Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette gashed the Steelers for 109 yards and three touchdowns in their AFC divisional-round playoff game. When Pittsburgh welcomed New England for their huge December showdown at Heinz Field, Dion Lewis averaged 5.2 yards per carry and kept the Steelers from aiming all their defensive attention at superstar QB Tom Brady.jays_977_86598992175079b4-180x180

It was a great call by the Eagles to be sure, but it wasn’t Pederson who made it.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson got a lot of credit for his playcalling in Super Bowl 52, but he didn’t actually call the play people haven’t stopped talking about since Sunday.

On fourth-and-goal in the first half, quarterback Nick Foles lined up behind center Jason Kelce, then pretended to audible to another play and lined up behind his tight end. Kelce snapped it directly to running back Corey Clement, who lateraled to Trey Burton and he found a wide open Foles for a touchdown in the end zone.

The man who made the call was Foles himself as was seen on “Inside the NFL” on Showtime.

This is an embarrassment to the Colts, who have earned a few others in the last couple years — Andrew Luck, anyone? — but not this one. They chose to offer McDaniels another opportunity to be a head coach in the league despite his colossal failure in Denver. They threw him a lifeline; he threw back an anchor.

“This is a resilient group,” coach Doug Pederson said. “This is a group that fought through a lot of injury, adversity … the underdog, right? This is a group I’ll always remember.

“We’re not done yet.”

“Y’all truly are the best football plans in the world, and y’all make it a joy for me to play here,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “I hope y’allget used to this.”

“We are the center of the football universe!” Chris Long yelled out. “Go Eagles, baby!”

Eagles players, as well as their coaches and their team owner, don’t need to rub this in the faces of the people who spent the last two years scolding players to keep “politics” out of their games and to stop being “unpatriotic.” They certainly don’t need to clap back at everybody who talked out of the sides of their necks about “dividing the locker room.”nike-youth-cardinals-023

The tangible result of the entire episode could be modest, according to several people familiar with the league’s inner workings.

The showdown between Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league office and fellow owners over Goodell’s pending five-year contract extension has served to further splinter the sport during a tumultuous season in which divisions already were apparent.

They say they consider it a long shot that Jones will sue the NFL and other owners over Goodell’s contract and an equally long shot that the league and owners will take meaningful disciplinary steps against Jones, the owner of a franchise estimated by Forbes to be worth more than $4 billion.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: I can’t give an iron-clad answer. He’s playing at a level to win another MVP, but the Cavs don’t excel in the regular season enough for him to win. So he’s at MVP level in my mind, but he has fallen back in the race unwittingly.

Royce Young, ESPN.com: Fact. LeBron is still the best player in the NBA — though the gap is narrowing — and because of that, the window remains open for him to accomplish either. The catch here is the “in Cleveland” part, which clearly is complicated and unknowable, but as it stands right now, remaining in Cleveland seems like the most likely scenario, so the opportunity for both is still there.

“Nothing is really going right in the NFL right now,” one outsider who deals with both the league office and the players’ side said this week.

There have been concerns over sagging TV viewership and there has been criticism of the quality of play on the field. There have been major injuries to star players such as Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt.

Herring: Fiction. I tend to think that George will get to the Lakers any way he can, unless the Thunder make real noise and show themselves to be competitive in a Western Conference finals series. He’s probably the most vocal under-contract star I’ve ever seen in regard to the idea of potentially playing for a specific team.chargers_004

Eagles rookie CB Sidney Jones may make debut vs. Cowboys

The Eagles activated rookie cornerback Sidney Jones from the football/non-injury list Saturday ahead of their regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, it was announced Saturday.

Sunday marks the anniversary of the last time Jones played — in the Peach Bowl as a member of the Washington Huskies against Alabama. The second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft has been on the mend since he ruptured his Achilles during his pro day.

Jones, who began practicing Dec. 12, could finally see some playing time this week.

He has been looking like his old, playmaking self of late. The Eagles now have the option of seeing how he responds to game action before deciding whether to use him in the postseason.

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Senior Darien and Amar Alibegovic, reserves given more playing time after left the Wholesale Jerseys program, have struggled Big East play, overwhelmed by the athleticism and physicality of the conference.Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal that would have tied it at the half.He was timed at 10 seconds the 100-meter sprint and ran the anchor leg on the fastest 4×100 relay team the nation that won South and West national titles.nike_redskins_1886

They play with such speed and tempo, resulting in 3.25 goals per game.

Alex Okafor, DE, New Orleans Saints: Okafor was carted to the locker room after limping off the field with an unspecified leg injury that he suffered on a Washington TD pass in the fourth quarter.

On Monday, it was revealed that the Saints have lost Okafor to a season-ending Achilles tendon tear. According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, backup defensive tackle David Onyemata and backup edge rushers Hau’oli Kikaha, Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad should all play greater roles going forward.

Norman hails Doctson’s ‘first-round catch’: After injury derailed his rookie year, Josh Doctson is finally making big plays for the Redskins this year, and none has been bigger than his 38-yard reception that set up Rob Kelley’s game-winning touchdown in Washington’s stunning 17-14 victory over the Seahawks. “That’s a first-round guy, and that’s a first-round catch,” Washington corner Josh Norman said of Doctson’s grab.

They play with such speed and tempo, resulting in 3.25 goals per game. This is the first Devils team since Ilya Kovalchuk was on the roster that never feels out of a game: To wit, they lead the NHL this season with three wins when trailing entering the third period. (And they’ve trailed going into the third in only seven of their 20 games.)

They also have players that demand your attention: Taylor Hall, better than a point per game, which is something his former team could certainly use now; rookies Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt, blazing fast and offensively creative; rookie Will Butcher, with 16 points from the blue line; and Miles Wood, a delightful crease-crashing pest.

Here’s the reason they’re more entertaining than other offensive powers such as the Tampa Bay Lightning: They’re not really solid on that whole “defense” thing. They give up 35 shots per game. They are the NHL’s worst possession team (45.95 percent Corsi at 5-on-5). For every briskly paced offensive chance they create, they also surrender one.

DeShone Kizer is the Browns’ starter again. Maybe even for both halves in Week 8!

He has not played well, but it’s not all Kizer’s fault. He doesn’t have much offensive talent around him, and he’s taken 12 sacks so far this season. Still, his stat line is pretty uninspiring; Kizer has completed 52 percent of his passes for 965 yards. His biggest issue is turnovers. Kizer has thrown just three touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

Aguayo was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ second-round pick in 2016. He didn’t have many bright spots with Tampa Bay, but his greatest moment actually came against the Panthers — a Monday Night Football game-winner.

This upcoming week, the Panthers will be taking on the Buccaneers in Tampa. The odds of Aguayo playing don’t necessarily seem high, but it would be something to watch for if he were to take on his former team on the road.

He tried to redeem himself in the 2017 preseason, but still struggled on the field. After missing a field goal and an extra point in the Buccaneers’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay cut the sophomore kicker. Aguayo was competing with Nick Folk to make the team, but his performance destroyed his chances of staying in Tampa Bay, where Folk ultimately took over. Now, Patrick Murray has Folk’s job.

Nobody ever wants to see a player injured enough to where they can’t play. However, if Gano is unable to go on Sunday, the storylines for Sunday’s game get a lot more interesting, even if it is between kickers.

The Browns will go back to DeShone Kizer as the team’s Week 8 starter. After benching Kizer for the second time in three games over turnovers, Hue Jackson has once again given the rookie the nod to start this week, Jackson announced Wednesday morning.

He might even get to play the second half this week! But we’ll see.49ers_216_edeff19f433c419e-150x150