Eagles’ Jason Kelce retires from arm wrestling, not NFL

Eagles center Jason Kelce announced his retirement Thursday — from arm wrestling.

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In an Instagram post that put more than a few fans on edge, Kelce said he had decided to “RETIRE…from arm wrestling,” leaving behind a 2-0 record, with one victory over Flyers center Claude Giroux and the other against a bar patron one random night this offseason in the Philadelphia suburbs.8

That was all a lead-up to the real news, that Kelce would be returning for a 10th NFL season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Word got out toward the end of an injury-riddled 2018 season that he was pondering retirement — a notion Kelce didn’t deny, adding that it’s something that goes through many veterans’ minds each offseason during the latter stages of their careers.

The love of the game and the camaraderie he has with his teammates brought him back in 2019, and now again in 2020.

“I am fully excited for the 2020 season and will be out there with my teammates, coaches and hopefully fans this coming season,” Kelce wrote. “Enough media members and fans have reached out if I am playing next season, and I just wanted to make an announcement so I can stop getting asked. Can’t wait to be out there this season, can’t wait to have sports back, and I can’t wait till this lockdown is over.”

Kelce, 32, is regarded as one of the top centers in the league. He has been named first-team All-Pro each of the past three years and is a three-time Pro Bowler.

GM says Jets want to keep All-Pro safety Jamal Adams long term

The New York Jets say they want disgruntled safety Jamal Adams to be part of their long-term future, but they’re not willing to declare him an untouchable.

Addressing trade speculation, general manager Joe Douglas reiterated Monday the goal is to sign Adams to a contract extension, but Douglas couched that by saying he will listen to offers.

“The plan would be for Jamal to be here long term,” Douglas said during a pre-draft conference call with reporters. “Again, I’ve also made it known I have to do what’s in the best interest of the team. If other teams call to talk about players, I’ll listen.

Adams, signed for 2020 and 2021 (option year), apparently is unhappy with his contract situation. ESPN reported last week that the All-Pro safety is planning to skip the voluntary offseason program, which begins virtually on April 27.nfl nike jersey cheap

Adams hasn’t addressed the matter on social media, but he said in early February that he expects an extension this offseason. He wants to become the NFL‘s highest-paid safety, and there are some who believe he wants to be the highest-paid player on the Jets, surpassing linebacker C.J. Mosley ($17 million per year).7

Adams is due to make $3.6 million this year. He already received $2.8 million in the form of a roster bonus that was paid last month.

Douglas acknowledged that he hasn’t spoken to Adams any time recently, adding, “The plan is going to be to connect at some point after draft.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Because they control Adams’ fate for two years, not counting a potential franchise tag, the Jets are in no hurry to extend his deal. That won’t sit well with Adams, creating the possibility of a standoff.

Douglas declined to comment on whether he has received trade interest from other teams. He entertained offers last fall at the trading deadline — the Dallas Cowboys were one of the teams — which infuriated Adams and prompted him to lash out at Douglas on social media.

By the end of the season, Adams said he had settled his differences with management. He also has stated his desire to remain with the Jets, but there may have been a shift in his attitude due to the lack of progress in contract talks.

“My opinion on Jamal has been consistent since I arrived here,” Douglas said. “Jamal is an unbelievable young player. Our plan is to keep Jamal here for a long time.”

The Jets, who have four picks in the top 79, could add significant draft capital by dealing Adams. But they’d also lose their best player. Adams, 24, a first-round pick in 2017, has made two Pro Bowls and is regarded as their team leader on defense.

MLS promotion, relegation would make league more competitive – Yedlin

Newcastle United and United States defender DeAndre Yedlin has said introducing promotion and relegation to Major League Soccer would make it a more serious and competitive league.

Yedlin played for MLS side Seattle Sounders FC before making the switch to Premier League football in 2015 when he joined Tottenham on a four-year contract.

“There’s a different energy to when you win/lose a game in MLS to when you win/lose here. It’s that feeling that here, every game matters,” Yedlin told ESPN.

“Kids here are growing up knowing about relegation and how important it is and things like that. There, there’s just not that feel for it yet.nfl nike jersey cheap

“If that got introduced, the league would be much more competitive. Something needs to be done to take the league more seriously, and I think that would be good.”8

Despite believing in the promotion/relegation system, Yedlin added that he initially found the pressure of the Premier League difficult.

“It was actually quite tough for me in the beginning,” he added. “There were times when I was like ‘this is too much,’ the jump from MLS to here in all aspects of it, not just the football aspect.

“I remember being in my apartment thinking like, ‘I can’t do this, I want to go back.’cheap nfl nike jersey

“That just goes to show that money is not everything because I was much happier making whatever I was making at MLS — which was much less than what I was making at Tottenham — but because life wasn’t giving me what I needed I was depressed.

“It was a very tough first six months for me.”

However, he does not regret coming to England and said this is the best place for U.S. players to develop.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself and I think I’ve learned things about myself that I definitely wouldn’t have learnt if I wouldn’t have come over here,” he said.

“Hopefully we can all lead this charge of American players coming over here. As of right now, this is the best place to develop.”

Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton to battle for Lille’s Gabriel – sources

Chelsea and Arsenal are battling to sign promising Lille centre-back Gabriel, while Everton are pushing hard to reach an agreement, sources have told ESPN.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The 22-year-old was having a great season in Ligue 1 before the suspension of the league due to coronavirus and is in high demand all over Europe, with particular interest coming from the Premier League.7

Chelsea were optimistic they could get the the deal done, as reported by ESPN last week, but Everton are now leading the chase. Like Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Carlo Ancelotti has also been very impressed by the left footed defender, who is aggressive and very good on the ball too.

Sources have told ESPN that Everton have made a £30 million offer for the Brazilian — the minimum Lille are willing to accept. However, the French side are hopeful Chelsea will formally enter the race with acounter-offer.nfl nike jersey cheap

Arsenal are considering making a bid, too, although the Gunners are also keen on another centre-back from Ligue 1 in Axel Disasi. The 22 year old Reims defender has been excellent this season and could be available for around £20m.

As a former player, it would be a shame for baseball to return without fans

Last week, a package arrived at my house. It came from retired New Jersey state trooper Mike Dittmar. It had been many years since we last connected, but I will always remember the few words he said to me when we met.

I met Mike in 2002. I was struggling as a starter for the Philadelphia Phillies for most of the season. My father had been gravely ill since Opening Day 2000. It was a year when a lot was going wrong.

On the diamond, it was the first time as a big leaguer that I had lost my starting job. Meanwhile, 100 miles away, my father was again in the hospital. He had heart issues to go with the strokes and a lung cancer diagnosis.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

After returning from a road trip around my birthday, I drove up from Philly to North Jersey to meet my mom at the hospital. My dad was in and out of a comatose state but focused just enough to recognize us. I drove home knowing that time was limited, and in my distraction, I sped past the speed limit. Mike pulled me over.

Converging to Arizona spring training locations makes sense on paper given the concentration of facilities and the roof-sporting big league park at Chase Field. Yet the practicality of isolating hundreds of players and personnel must address the potential separation from families and a host of other significant issues.8

Outside of the logistical and safety challenges of pulling this off, it would be a shame to return without fans. I played for the Phillies when we returned from 9/11 and it was important that we were able to come back together. It put us all on the playing field as one people, all of us fans of baseball. It gave the sport deeper value, showcasing its healing powers and its ability to unite and unify. It was a feeling that would not shine through a flat-screen TV or an iPhone when watching players in an empty stadium, even if a little baseball is better than none at all.

I played college baseball at the University of Pennsylvania, not far from Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, then home of the Phillies. We did not draw many fans. There were times when I resorted to distributing hand-drawn maps of the campus to show people how to find our stadium. The field was on the edge of campus and nowhere near where students would naturally pass, so it was mostly family and friends who attended our games.

After my junior year, the MLB draft took place in June 1991. When I signed with the Chicago Cubs that summer, I had little experience playing in front of big crowds. A few NCAA tournament games and the Cape Cod All-Star Game drew well, but mostly I played in front of my 25 to 50 people.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

As I got closer to the big leagues, the number or people in the stands increased. By Double-A in Orlando, during the Michael Jordan years, I started to feel the crowd over my shoulder. It was not comfortable, even scary at times, especially when your success and failures are responded to in real time. Cheers and boos, home and away.

By Triple-A, I was in Iowa and we averaged 10,000 fans a night. Our fans were engaged, loyal and supportive on and off the field. By this point, despite a minor league player’s obsession to get out of town and to the next level, I had a fuller understanding of what so many of the fans meant at the many stops I had made along the way. The booster club in Winston-Salem, the fan mania of playing in Orlando during the World Cup, the loyal and dedicated crowds at an Arizona spring training workout. People whom I could talk to one-on-one before and after every game or practice.

One super loyal Iowa Cubs fan was the daughter of a local memorabilia collector. In my second year there, I agreed to do a signing at her father’s store, Cornelius Collectibles. I asked for the address, and they said, “Let’s just meet at a local McDonald’s.” I was a little confused. I met them as they suggested and followed them into town. We literally made a turn into a cornfield. I could not see anything but a dirt road and corn. On the other side, I was introduced to Bagley, Iowa. Four blocks by four blocks. Population: 300. A fan exposed me to a place I could have never imagined outside of “Field of Dreams.”

But I was in Triple-A. At the doorstep of The Show. I had finally learned how to perform on a bigger stage, a place where everyone was counting the numbers and counting on me. In fact, I had come to embrace it. This led to one of the most transformative fan experiences I would have in baseball, when I spent the next two offseasons playing winter ball in Puerto Rico.

Astros’ Carlos Correa, Martin Maldonado team to bring aid to Puerto Rico

Shortstop Carlos Correa and catcher Martin Maldonado of the Houston Astros are partnering with the team’s owner, Jim Crane, and other players and artists from Puerto Rico to bring medical aid to the island to assist with the coronavirus crisis.

“Right now, we are working on something big, really big to help Puerto Rico. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re working on it, thanks to owner Jim Crane. We are working together with many players like [Francisco] Lindor, Eddie [Rosario], [Martin] Maldonado and many [singing] artists, like Bad Bunny,” Correa said during a video interview with ESPN. “What’s happening now is much more important than baseball. We are talking about something that’s affecting the lives of so many people, many families who are suffering right now.nfl jerseys nike cheap

“Now our focus has moved on from playing baseball to finding ways to help people. I have been working hard with my team to look for ways to distribute food, supplies, and help in bringing all the things hospitals need during this time of crisis.”

Crane Worldwide Logistics will cover all of the freight and transportation costs to get vital medical supplies to Puerto Rico. Correa told ESPN they have already sent “sent 26 pallets of supplies worth around $2 million.”7

A news release sent Tuesday night by the Astros confirmed that those supplies arrived in three ocean containers, with a fourth container scheduled to ship to Puerto Rico next week. Correa said the overall donation would reach a total of $3 million in medical equipment.

“We didn’t have the means to transport it in a timely fashion, so we asked Jim Crane for help as he has always been willing to support all of our past humanitarian efforts,” Correa added in the news release. “Jim and the Astros Foundation immediately responded by donating the air and sea transport for all of the 100,000 pounds of medical supplies. This would not have been possible without his help. I’m proud to play for the best owner in the game.”

Crane was also part of the effort to assist Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, chartering flights that transported over 300,000 pounds of supplies and flew critically ill patients to the U.S. mainland.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“Puerto Rico has always been an important market for Major League Baseball and the Latin players across the league,” Crane said in the team’s statement. “We are more than happy to utilize our resources to help. I’m extremely proud of Carlos, Martin and so many of our players for the way they have stepped up to help those in need during this pandemic.”

Jayson Tatum hasn’t touched a basketball in weeks, says ‘more important things going on in world’

Celtics All-Star forward Jayson Tatum said he hasn’t picked up a basketball since scoring 30 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers on March 10.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“I got weights and bands and a bike to do some cardio,” Tatum said Tuesday after informing Emoni Bates he became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year award in basketball. “It’s tough, but on the other side, I know there are more important things going on in the world.”8

Tatum’s comments echo similar ones he made in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on The Jump Monday, referencing not being “able to touch a basketball” since the Celtics’ last game.

Since the NBA suspended its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, Tatum has tried to make the best of an extended stay at his home in the Boston area.nfl nike jersey cheap

“I’ve been taking time to relax and be at home with my son every day,” he said in a phone interview. “I am trying to enjoy this time and the things we usually take for granted.”

After Bulls shake up staff off court, Zach LaVine set to lead Chicago’s charge on court

Although the status on the remainder of this year’s NBA season remains unclear, Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine isn’t allowing it to kill his spirit.

Amid Monday’s front-office changes — which included firing general manager Gar Forman — LaVine shared his marriage proposal to his now-fiancee, Hunter Mar, on Instagram. And on Tuesday, he spoke with his former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell on the NBA’s Instagram Live about how he plans to help the Bulls move forward when basketball resumes.

“You have to have goals. We had a goal coming into the year and we didn’t achieve it,” LaVine told Mitchell. “We fell really short. We weren’t as good as we thought we were. We didn’t play as well as we could’ve.cheap nfl jerseys nike

“There was times, this year, where we were in a lot of games, and we just lost it, so as a coach, they take a lot of flak for that. But sometimes it’s on the players and we have to stand up and do that as well. The main thing for me is to make sure everybody comes to the gym and we have one goal at hand. We’ve got to come into training camp and be prepared with one goal in mind and we’ve just got to go for it. For some people, you have to know your role, some people taking a backseat and some people stepping forward in leadership. But we have to talk about that and be communicative and all be on the same boat. You can’t be spread apart.”7

Before the March 11 stoppage, LaVine was averaging a career-best 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, but the team was 22-43 overall. Chicago has now completed one of its biggest front-office shake-ups in franchise history after hiring Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas as the executive vice president of basketball operations.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The Bulls also moved John Paxson, who previously held Karnisovas’ position, in the new role of senior adviser of basketball operations and are in search of a new general manager.

“Earning the enthusiasm and excitement back from the fans of the Chicago Bulls is both a challenge and something I very much look forward to,” Karnisovas said. “These fans deserve a team that they can be proud of and my objective is to get us back to relevancy.”

While changes are still being made, LaVine continues to work out and get up hundreds of shots in his home state of Washington despite remaining under quarantine.

The two-time slam dunk champion also shut out NBA legend Paul Pierce on Sunday night in the NBA’s first HORSE Challenge on ESPN and is headed to Thursday’s semifinals where he will look to win it all.

Once the NBA resumes, he will try to carry over that momentum to take the next step in his career.

“I just want to be able to win. I’m a winning player. I’ll do whatever it takes. I stay in the gym. I appreciate your words,” LaVine said. “I think I was an All-Star this year, I thought I had an All-Star season last year, as well. That’s not going to stop me, though, from what I think I am and where I think I’ll be at. You know where my mindset is. I just want to be able to win because I think everything comes with it.”

Former Lions player Damon Harrison says he was ‘hell-bent’ to get out of Detroit

Former Lions defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison says he didn’t want to play in Detroit and was “hell-bent on getting out” of the Motor City.

The Lions traded for Harrison on Oct. 25, 2018, sending a fifth-round pick to the New York Giants.

“I was a bit angry,” Harrison said of the trade during an appearance on the Green Light podcast, hosted by former NFL player Chris Long.

“To be completely honest with you, I didn’t want to go to Detroit because of some things that I heard from some guys in the past and some guys who were there,” Harrison said. “So when I got the call that that’s where I was traded, I didn’t answer the phone for a couple hours. [Lions general manager] Bob Quinn was calling me and I didn’t pick up the phone because I was trying to figure out a way to get out of it.”authentic nike nfl jerseys

After sitting out all of the spring workouts last year, Harrison, one of the top run-stoppers in the league, was placed on the non-football injury list before signing an extension, which converted much of his base salary into a $7.5 million signing bonus.

“I wasn’t prepared for the season mentally,” Harrison said.8

“I came into camp in shape, but during the first three weeks of camp I think I kind of worked myself out of shape because I wasn’t doing anything,” Harrison said. “That was a time where, to be honest with you, we were trying to facilitate a trade. I was hell-bent on getting out of there.”

By the end of the 2019 season, Harrison told reporters he was contemplating retirement after he played through a multitude of injuries and “wasn’t able to ever get back to the form I’m used to.”

Harrison, who turned 31 in November, finished last season with a career-low 49 tackles.nfl nike jerseys stitched

The veteran defensive lineman is a free agent after being released by the Lions in what he called “a mutual agreement” on Feb. 25. He had two years remaining on his deal after signing the $11 million extension in August.

“It’s nothing against the people of Detroit, the city or anything like that,” the eight-year veteran said. “I’ll forever love the city of Detroit, but I just had to go try to put myself into a situation where I saw myself there for two or three years to end my career, and I just didn’t see myself in Detroit for that long.”

Former LSU QB Joe Burrow says ‘it’s going to be a challenge’ where ever he winds up

Joe Burrow understands what he will be tasked to overcome when he enters the NFL.

During a radio interview on Tuesday morning, the former LSU quarterback and projected No. 1 overall pick in next week’s NFL draft was asked about playing for a franchise that hasn’t enjoyed recent success.

The Cincinnati Bengals, the franchise with the first pick, haven’t made the playoffs since 2015 or won a playoff game since 1991. Burrow described the task ahead of him if he is taken at the top of the draft that starts next Thursday.nike authentic nfl jerseys

“Whatever team I go to, it’s going to be a challenge to begin in,” Burrow told the ESPN Radio affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I’m going to have to persevere through it, just like I’ve done in the past.”

Burrow did not mention the Bengals by name, which is consistent with his approach to similar questions in several pre-draft interviews. At the NFL scouting combine in February, Burrow said the hesitancy stemmed from being presumptuous about who the Bengals will take.7

In the latest mock draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Cincinnati is projected to take Burrow. If that happens, he will join a franchise that went 2-14 last season, the league’s worst record.

Burrow noted how the draft process used by the NFL and other sports leagues differs from those in other professions.

“Engineers don’t get drafted to certain companies,” Burrow told the Louisiana radio station. “That’s kind of peculiar in the capitalistic ways of the United States. But that’s how it is. And the teams that have the worst year pick at that the top and that’s why they’re there.”authentic nike nfl jerseys

If the Bengals select him, he could be in a position to become Cincinnati’s starting quarterback whenever the 2020 season begins. The start date is in jeopardy of changing because of COVID-19, which already nixed Burrow’s pro day at LSU and will at the very least delay the start of offseason workouts.

The projected top pick said complications caused by the global pandemic creates more uncertainty in joining a team such as the Bengals.

“You might have a really good first year,” Burrow said. “You might have a really bad first year. You don’t really know, especially without OTAs this year. You’re going to have less time with your team. So there’s going to be ups and downs, for sure. You’re just going to have to battle through it.”