Garrett Bolles hopes to play heavier in 2018

Broncos 2017 first-round offensive lineman Garrett Bolles started all 16 games as a rookie. In an effort to have a bigger impact in his second season, Bolles hopes to get larger.

He’s going to have a lot of catching up to do, Guenther said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We’re going to have to have a plan for that, for sure. Really, I’m concerned about the guys that are here now working. These guys have been busting their tails every day — coming in early, meeting with the coaches, being great in the meeting rooms, communicating on the field. We do a lot with one-minute situations today, so it was really good to see.

Back in late March, when strident comments from Giants co-owner John Mara sparked days of speculation and rumor that Beckham could be traded, NFL Media reported that Beckham wouldn’t set foot on a field until he gets a new contract. Although Beckham has since set foot on the field during preliminary phases of the offseason program, Beckham has yet to participate in actual football practice, because he hasn’t been medically cleared to do so.

Once he is, what will he do?

There continues to be no indication that the Giants and Beckham are closing in on a new contract. Beckham reportedly wants more than $20 million per year. The Giants apparently want to wait before making a commitment, primarily for reasons unrelated to Beckham’s skills and abilities. Beckham arguably should refuse to put himself at any degree of physical risk until he gets what he wants.

49ers great Dwight Clark, known for ‘The Catch,’ dies at 61 after battle with ALS

Dwight Clark, the San Francisco 49ers great most widely known for making The Catchfrom Joe Montana to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, died Monday. He was 61.

Clark’s wife, Kelly Clark, revealed the news about her husband, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

I’ve been asked if playing football caused this, Clark wrote. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did. And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.

I could be (cleared), but at the same time, at the end of the day, we still won’t take any risks, Collins said. It’s minicamp. We’re not playing for anything right now.

Collins made the mistake of thinking he was 100 percent healthy once before. A few days later, in early April, he found out he needed a second surgery because the bone didn’t heal correctly after he first was injured in Week 16 of the 2017 season.

I’m very close, Collins said of being 100 percent. Just right now, we’re just taking the precautions, not putting me into the team things, getting my arm caught or anything. We’re right around the corner from the season, so we’re not about to risk anything.

Collins isn’t even willing to risk falling behind in learning new coordinator James Bettcher’s defense. The Giants are rotating four safeties Darian Thompson, Andrew Adams, Orion Stewart and Curtis Riley through the first-team defense in his absence.

Jim Kelly to receive Jimmy V Award at 2018 ESPYs

eagles_128Jim Kelly’s unwavering determination throughout his battle with cancer hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The legendary Bills quarterback will receive the Jimmy V Award at the 2018 ESPY Awards next month.

Rhys Hoskins returned from a nine-game absence caused by a fractured jaw and hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13.

Arrieta allowed five runs four earned four hits and two walks in his first start since making critical comments of the Phillies’ defensive shifting strategy following Sunday’s 6-1 loss at San Francisco.

The defense is dealing with the departure of core players like cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson left as a free agent, and strong safety Kam Chancellor faces an uncertain NFL future.

On top of all that, Brian Schottenheimer replaced Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator, and Ken Norton Jr. replaced Kris Richard as defensive coordinator under head coach Pete Carroll.

Edelman, who has worked closely with Tom Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero, at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center, previously discussed how Guerrero has helped him.

The link between them led Guerrero to issue the following statement:

I’ve known Julian since his rookie year and he is a phenomenal athlete who takes his training seriously — it’s disappointing to hear today’s news. Elite athletes sometimes work with multiple coaches and health professionals as part of their off-season training. Here at our facility, we take a natural, holistic, appropriate and, above all, legal approach to training and recovery for all of our clients. And anyone who would suggest otherwise is irresponsible, and just plain wrong, he said.Steven Wright and his knuckleball could fill key role for Red Sox

Vikings G.M. doesn’t mind writing big checks

tigers_011-115x115The Vikings have spent plenty of money already this offseason, most of it going to quarterback Kirk Cousins.

There’s more money to spend, with deals for more young stars on the horizon.

That had General Manager Rick Spielman laughing with attendees at the team’s charity golf tournament.

Fifty percent of the proceeds today will go to the contracts of Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs and Danielle Hunter,” Spielman joked, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Spending big on Cousins was an all-in proposition for a team that was very good, and very close a year ago. But those economic realities Spielman mentioned will naturally shorten the window for a veteran team, and creates pressure to hit on draft picks so they have cost-controlled contributors on the roster as well.

But with three years remaining on his deal, what would skipping mandatory minicamp and/or holding out of training camp accomplish? It could be that Jones opted simply to flag the issue by skipping voluntary OTAs this year, and that he’ll show up from this point forward, hopeful that the new deal comes after the current season. If it doesn’t, then next year Jones may opt for a different tactic.

Semi-educated guess? He’ll be there. Come next year, however, Jones may push harder for a new contract. If he doesn’t get one, maybe he’ll even inch a little closer toward shirtless driveway situps.

The Saints traded the 27th and 147th picks in this year’s draft along with next year’s first-round pick in order to take Davenport with to the 14th overall pick. Coach Sean Payton said that call was made because of how important it is to find premier pass rushers and they’re surely happy to know that Davenport’s thumb issue doesn’t look like an obstacle to becoming one.

I think Johnny will come fast because we’re not going to change things from here on, Jones said last week. He has the whole offense in, and he’s been running it on the field. Now, does he know what he’s doing with it yet? No. But because we’re repping it all with him now, he’s going to come faster than what is typical.

Luck’s return faces another issue: The Colts are installing a new offense under coach Frank Reich. 

eagles_332For me, coming off missing the entire year with the neck, I knew I was going to have to play a different kind of way, a different sort of physical state, Manning said. I was looking for things like positive feedback from receivers on whether the ball felt the same coming in and then when you get into the game and you throw a deep out. We played a preseason game and I threw a deep comeback route, and that was a thing to check off the box. You want to do everything for the first time again. You want to get hit, you want to make a tight throw, have a two-minute drive. I wanted to do all those things again.

The Golden Knights have scored the opening goal in the first period of all nine of their postseason home games…. Washington needs three more wins to become the second team in NHL history to win a Cup after trailing in all four postseason rounds, joining Pittsburgh in 1991…. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

Torres definitely has been all that and more since he received his first big-league call-up on April 22 after a few years of being labeled one of baseball’s best prospects.

Through Tuesday’s 2-for 5-night, Torres is hitting.321 with nine homers and 26 RBIs… and two walk-off hits counting his game-winning homer that beat Cleveland on May 6.

Being that young and playing for this organization, there’s a lot of pressure, Sabathia said. For him to be able to deliver in these moments, it just means there’s more to come.

Torres’ error total is up to seven, a team-high, but he’s mixed in a whole lot of tremendous plays, too.

NFLPA will closely monitor sports betting developments

The NFLPA has joined many others in the sports world by issuing a statement in the wake of Monday’s Supreme Court decision overturning a federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirms the decision to collaborate with the other sports unions on the issues of player safety, integrity of our games and privacy and publicity rights. Our union will monitor developments closely and address the implications of this decision with the NFL, state legislators and other relevant stakeholders.”

The collaboration with other sports unions referred to in Monday’s statement included a joint statement with the MLBPA, NBAPA and NHLPA in April focused on “the legal, commercial, practical, and human consequences of allowing sports betting to become mainstream.”

But he has to prove he’s worth their time, on and off the field. Manziel has a long way to go to get back in the NFL, because the truth is he wasn’t good enough to be worth the headaches. But there had to be a legitimate first step toward rehabilitating his career, and the CFL might be perfect for that.

With sporting events happening virtually every day, any delay results in money being lost. That’s why states like West Virginia were wise to adopt a sports wagering bill before the Supreme Court decision (but will be the opposite of wise if it wedges a money-for-nothing “integrity fee” onto the bill).

Eventually, most if not all states will get in on the act, especially as they start to see how sports wagering performs in states that have it. The looming explosion of wagers on all forms of sports should result in a major uptick in interest in these sports. This could make gambling, as the executive described it, the biggest development in sports media in our lifetime.

Yeah, he’s special, said Burton, who caught a career-high five touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Eagles in 2017. “He fits right in the category with Carson in the way he prepares, his physical attributes on the field, his athleticism.”bucks_508