Giants sign TE Garrett Dickerson, waive three others

The Giants have added a local product to the roster ahead of next week’s three-day minicamp.

Tight end Garrett Dickerson attended Bergen Catholic High School, which is a short drive from MetLife Stadium, before heading to Northwestern to play his college ball. Dickerson caught 87 passes for 887 yards and nine touchdowns in 49 games at the school and set career highs in catches and receiving yards during his final season with the Wildcats.

I’ve felt pressure, every day, all six, seven years in the NFL. This year is no different. I’ve just gotten to the point where it’s — that’s life. So, I don’t think of pressure now. I just go play.

Judging by Cousins’ body language (relaxed yet purposeful) as he navigated the practice field, it certainly looked like the former fourth-round pick has mastered dealing with expectations — at this time of year anyway.

You just never knew, Crowell told the New York Post. Sometimes it was [an every-down situation], sometimes it wasn’t. You just never knew week in and week out. I felt like that was discouraging and annoying.

That doesn’t speak well for Browns head coach Hue Jackson. Nor does Jackson’s record of 1-31 in Cleveland. Crowell started all 32 of those games, and he says it frustrated him to keep losing.

It wasn’t a good feeling. Nobody likes to lose, Crowell said. I’m a sore loser. I do whatever I can to win. It wasn’t a good feeling.

Of course, by leaving the Browns for the Jets, Crowell is still on a team that hasn’t been winning much recently. He’ll hope he can be a part of changing that.

No team asks more of a lineman who predominantly plays between the tackles than the San Francisco 49ers have of DeForest Buckner early on in his career. He’s handled it about as well as anyone could have asked, landing in the eighth spot on Bleacher Report’s defensive tackle rankings for its NFL1000 project.

Donald Trump’s cheap political stunt will make the Philadelphia Eagles stronger

Well, what a surprise, right? Donald Trump couldn’t stomach the idea that most of the Philadelphia Eagles decided not to attend a White House ceremony with a president who had turned their sport and many of its players into a political pinata over the past few months.
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Not a Luke Schenn Youth Jersey single Eagles player kneeled during the anthem in the 2017 season. Not. A. Single. One. Their reasons for not attending the White House ceremony are far more nuanced and vary from player to player, and in most cases, their answers to the go-or-not-go question were thoughtful and measured.

That’s just the nature of his at-bats, Boone said. He gets so deep in counts that he’s going to have that occasional day where it’s like that, but he can just as easily put a big swing on one. I don’t think he’s really fazed by it.

Judge may sit out Tuesday’s series opener in Toronto, but according to Boone, it wouldn’t have anything to do with this.

I’m considering it just because I was considering giving him a day at some point on this trip. But with the rainout (Sunday), I treated that a little bit like an off day. But a long day (Monday)… we’ll just wait and see.

Rutgers hasn’t won an individual national championship in 15 years (and that was in a sport the athletic department promptly dropped ). Winkler has a shot to end that drought this week when he heads to Oregon for the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

I definitely think it starts from the top, Bill Jason Peters Jersey [Belichick] and Mr. Kraft, and then it just trickles down, McClellin told’s Mike Reiss. Then you have leaders like Tom [Brady] and Matt [Slater] and Dev [ Devin McCourty ] the captains. When you come in as a new guy or a young guy, and you see how laid-back and easy-going the captains are; they’ll just come up and talk to you and genuinely want to know about how you’re doing and how your life is.

Brantley added a long drive down the right-field line in the fifth.

The Indians recalled catcher and outfielder Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Evan Marshall to the minor league club. They also released right-hander Matt Belisle from his minor league contract.
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Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis was out of the lineup for the second straight game and 1B Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) for the third in a row. … Francona said LHP Andrew Miller had his best bullpen session since he was placed on the 10-day disabled list in late May because of inflammation in his left knee. Miller will likely throw another one Wednesday and could start facing hitters once the team opens a nine-game homestand on Friday. … Francona said the Indians were waiting another day to decide whether to place catcher Roberto Perez on the DL. He was hit by a pitch in the right wrist against Detroit on Sunday. … The Indians held off on activating OF Brandon Guyer after he was hit on the wrist during a rehab game for Columbus on Sunday.

Trout tied Boston slugger J.D. Martinez for the major league lead with 21 homers. Albert Pujols also went deep for the Angels.

Jon Jay could well jump-start the Arizona offense, which has been quite dismal so far in 2018 the only player on the team’s active roster prior to the deal with a batting average over .260 was pitcher Larry Warford Authentic Jersey Patrick Corbin. The Diamondbacks get seven home games to try and straighten things out. Also with a seven-game home slate this week are the White Sox (Jose Abreu is .301-5 HR-19 RBI in Chicago) and the Mariners, who should get to face three left-handed starters. In those games this season, Jean Segura has hit .391.

Baltimore is also currently tabbed to face three LHP. OK, one of those is Chris Sale, but the other two are Eduardo Rodriguez and Wei-Yin Chen. Still, the Orioles have three hitters ranked in the top 50 in the league against left-handed pitching (minimum 50 at-bats) with Adam Jones (.324), Jake Guentzel Jersey Jonathan Schoop (.298) and Manny Machado (.297). Tampa Bay will also get a troika of left-handers (Jaime Garcia, J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia) and have two top-50 versus LHP bats to send to the plate: C.J. Cron (.309) and Wilson Ramos (.304).

Rally is a state of mind as Rockets secure Game 4 win in Oracle

It’s all such a blur, the man who assembled these Houston Rockets couldn’t remember exactly what sent him out of Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for some air.

“I’m not doing very well right now,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said.

“He gave us everything you can have against these guys,” Morey said of Paul, who opted to forgo free agency and a new multiyear contract to play out the final year of the deal alongside James Harden in Houston. “Man, he was so good.”

Marquez (3-5) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two. Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 17th save in 19 chances.

The key for me was my tempo and my aggressiveness, Marquez said. “I was able to stay in the moment. I was trying to be one pitch at a time and I accomplished that pretty well.”

Kemp was thrown out to end the game when he tried to scamper back to first base after taking a step toward second on an infield single. Wolters backed up the play and retrieved a throw that got away. He tossed the ball to first baseman Ian Desmond in time to get Kemp as he made a headfirst dive back to the bag.

Fortunately for us, Matt made what looked like a quick attempt to second, Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Tony realized it and flipped to Desi and Desi was on it with a nice tag.”

Roberts acknowledged Kemp did take a step toward second base and said the play was not reviewable.

Final suspect in New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s burglary investigation arrested

The third and final suspect in connection with the burglary of New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski’s home was arrested and detained on Thursday morning after spending more than two months as a fugitive, a spokesperson from the Franklin County (Maine) Detention Center confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

Gronkowski’s home was burglarized on Feb. 5 while he was at the Super Bowl, and his roommates helped report items stolen. The Foxborough Police Department arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, the first suspect, back in March and were able to recover Gronkowski’s Apple watch, Rolex watch and rare coins from the 1800s.

Almeida was charged with breaking and entering, two counts of receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property, after his home in Randolph, Mass., was searched.

Eric Tyrell, the 28-year-old second suspect from Foxborough, turned himself in late in March.

Chicago Bears rookie Roquan Smith had his team-issued iPad stolen from his car just a few days ago. He was promptly roasted by a columnist who, for some reason, jumped at the chance to call the first-round picksloppy and unreliable. Imagine if Smith left the keys to the car inside, too.

Lucky for Bortles, the would-be thiefwalked back in the house, for some reason?

MarQueis Gray is a typical journeyman tight end.

He’s a good in-line blocker, and while he won’t wow you with raw statistics, he is a capable pass-catcher as well. In 2016, for instance, he started seven games with the Dolphins and caught 14 passes for 174 yards.

This combination of skills has allowed Gray to last in the NFL for five seasons and counting. He may never be a star, but Gray is talented enough to continue his career as a depth player.

However, he may not be able to do so as a member of the Dolphins. Though Miami parted with Julius Thomas in the offseason, it also added A.J. Derby, Gavin Escobar, rookie second-round pick Mike Gesicki and rookie fourth-round Durham Smythe.

Green Bay will always be in the playoff hunt with Rodgers, but the defense must reach the next level to give him another Super Bowl shot.

Few seem to give the Detroit Tigers’ lineup much attention, as the team is in rebuild mode, but consider this: The team ranks 12th in runs per game (4.78) and 11th in wOBA (.323) and has the majors’ second-highest contact rate (79.0 percent of their at-bats).

The St. Louis Cardinals suffer the misfortune of the short week, with only five games scheduled, a disadvantage in a week when two other teams play eight games and another 11 play as many as seven times. The two home games against White Sox starters James Shields and Lucas Giolito boost Cardinals hitters’ matchups enough to make “known-commodity” hitters (Paul DeJong/Jose Martinez/Yadier Molina/Marcell Ozuna/Tommy Pham) worthwhile plays in shallow mixed, but this is a week to avoid ice-cold players Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong, especially in light of the team facing two left-handed starting pitchers during the weekend series against the Chicago Cubs.

These cornerbacks played well in big games. It’s a clear message to the rest of the defensive backs on the roster — which includes 2017 second-round picks Kevin King and Josh King — that the problem needs fixing. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is bringing in a new scheme, and Green Bay didn’t make a bold move in free agency at the position, other than bringing back veteran cornerback Tramon Williams.

Speaking Friday with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Querim on ESPN’s First Take, Mahomes said he has big goals for the team this fall. Specifically, Smith asked what Mahomes thought the Chiefs’ chances legitimately should be this fall in his first full season.

Morgan Burnett is gone, too.

Winners and losers of Round 1 That’s good news in April, but the Packers have been down this road enough times. Green Bay selected Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round in 2014 and Damarious Randall in the first round in 2015. This defense has allowed 62 passing TDs the last two seasons – the only team in the league to allow more than 30 TD passes each of the last two seasons. So Gutekunst fixed the problem, but the Packers can’t keep fixing the same problem in the draft, not with Aaron Rodgers turning 35 next season and every other team in the NFC North improving.

NFL trade rumors: Rams pursuing Odell Beckham Jr.

The Rams seem to be very interested in Odell Beckham Jr.

Los Angeles has contacted the Giants about a possible trade for the receiver, the New York Daily News reported, citing league sources.

According to the report, the Giants want a first-round pick in exchange for Beckham, along with other incentives.

It’s no surprise, given Watson and his fellow Clemson Tiger Hopkins found immediate chemistry last season. While Watson will let others decide if they are the best quarterback-wideout duo in the league, he knows there’s a lot more to come from their connection.

“It’s the type of person and player he is. He’s very relatable and you can feel connected with him once you meet him,” Watson said. “He’s easygoing but he wants to be the best and bring the best out of you. We just keep working on everything.”

The tag for Lawrence is worth $17.1 million and both sides have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal. If not, Lawrence will play under the tag for the 2018 season.

Despite recording 58 total tackles and 14.5 sacks in 2017, Lawrence also has a history of injury. He underwent back surgeries in both 2016 and 2017 and hasn’t had an offseason without some sort of injury in four years.

“(My contract) is not my focus right now,” Lawrence said. “My focus right now is getting better and being the best I can be once that season rolls around.”

Colorado fill-in centerfielder Mike Tauchman did his best to help out Freeland in the sixth, jumping into the wall as he tried to pull back Markakis’ shot. The crash, however, knocked Tauchman on his back and catapulted his glove over the wall.

There was some momentary confusion afterward.

Plate umpire Ed Hickox waited a moment after the contact to see if Givens held onto the ball. When he saw the ball still in Givens’ glove, Hickox called Gregorius out, prompting the Yankees to challenge the call, arguing Givens had illegally blocked Gregorius’ path to score.

“I thought he did block the plate before he got there. We certainly thought that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I understand that’s a difficult call to make in that situation.

“It didn’t go our way.”

Johnny Manziel : Browns should’ve done their ‘homework’ about him

Johnny Manziel appears to be putting some of the blame for his downfall in the NFL on the Browns.

The quarterback appeared Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show, where he said the Browns should have researched him better before drafting him.

If Cleveland did any of their homework, they would have known I wasn’t a guy who came in every day and watch film, Manziel said. I wasn’t a guy who really knew the X’s and O’s of football.

It’s not the best comment for Manziel to make, since the free agent is trying to get back into NFL teams’ good graces.

During the playoffs, however, when James is part of the transition defense, his teams give up an average of only 1.1 points per possession. For some perspective on how big that difference is, regular-season LeBron’s transition defense puts his team as one of the five worst transition defenses in the league, while playoff LeBron’s transition defense would rank his team as the best transition defense in the league, and by a good margin.

The Cavaliers have never needed playoff LeBron more than they do this season. The Cavs have the 29th-ranked defense in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, which puts their odds of reaching the NBA Finals at 3.9 percent — well behind the Raptors (58 percent), Celtics (21 percent) and Sixers (11 percent). Without a significant switch-flip from LeBron, the Cavs’ defense is simply not good enough. If James is going to extend his personal NBA Finals streak to eight, it will be because playoff LeBron again showed his face.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson said Sunday after he and general manager Mike Maccagnan talked that they decided to rescind the offer made to Suh, according to the New York Daily News.

Our thinking just changed a bit, Johnson told reporters at the owners’ meeting (via

Johnson didn’t go into much detail but he did say the move wasn’t in keeping with our long-term plan. The owner added he wasn’t involved when the offer was made to Suh, per SNY.

Yahoo Sports first reported Friday that the Jets emerged as a serious contender to land the 31-year-old even though they weren’t one of the three teams that met with him earlier this week. later said the Jets made the biggest offer, adding, Suh would have to take less to go to the other teams … which he may do. Suh never arranged a visit with the Jets.

NFL trade rumors: Giants want two first-round picks for Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s future is becoming more and more unclear.

Despite Giants co-owner John Mara saying the Giants are not shopping Beckham, a new report surfaced that the Giants have asked for at least two first round picks in return for the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, according to ESPN.

Speculation started earlier this week that the Rams contacted the Giants about a potential trade, and it was reported Monday that Beckham would likely hold out if he wasn’t given a new contract extension as he’s entering the fifth and final year of his deal with New York.

And the Nationals needed this one. It let them rest a weary bullpen one day after a 12-inning loss to the New York Mets.

Plus, this was the first time they entered a game with a losing record since August 2015. That’s because after starting this season 4-0, they had dropped five in a row, two to the Braves, then three in a sweep against the Mets.

Backes and David Pastrnak had a goal each for Boston, with Pastrnak cutting it to 3-2 shortly before Reimer was hurt. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves.

We didn’t deserve to win and that’s the reality, Rask said. I think it’s mental, just not being sharp enough at the drop of the puck.

After beating the Bruins for the second time in three games, Florida is headed home despite an impressive 25-8-2 run to end the season, including winning their last five.

It’s disappointing. We were really hoping that we’d get a little help from some other teams and maybe get in, Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck said. I think there’s a lot of teams that didn’t want to play us if we did make it in.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the third, Boston made a furious surge, outshooting Florida 26-6 but only scoring once.

Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 9:54 of the third. Pastrnak led the Bruins with 35 goals and had a career-high 80 points.

It has been a tough schedule for us but that’s not an excuse, Pastrnak said. The last few weeks have not been our best.

Dadonov put the game away when he scored an insurance goal with 1:49 remaining.