Saints’ first offseason work sharpens focus on new faces

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Patrick Robinson spied Drew Brees stepping up to throw deep down the middle, sprinted back toward his own end zone and made an outstretched interception of a ball that initially looked to be thrown beyond anyone’s reach. ”Impressive,” was how Saints coach Sean Payton described the play by Robinson, a cornerback who is one of several recent additions aimed at strengthening a club that nearly advanced to the NFC title game last season. The onset of offseason practices this week has provided Payton and his staff a…

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Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump says the NFL is ”doing the right thing” with a policy banning kneeling during the national anthem. Trump spoke to ”Fox & Friends” in an interview airing Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams. Trump says he doesn’t ”think people should be standing in locker rooms,” but he praised the plan overall. Article continues…

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Dolphins’ Tannehill back at practice after missing 2017

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill is back on the field with the Miami Dolphins and says he’s not thinking about his surgically repaired left knee. Tannehill is practicing this week for the first time since a torn left ACL in training camp ended his 2017 season before it began. A serious injury to the same knee forced him to miss the final four games in 2016, which means he hasn’t played in nearly 18 months. Speaking publicly Wednesday for the first time since he was hurt last August, Tannehill said…

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Bridgewater looks sharp, healthy in practice with Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Teddy Bridgewater rolled right, kept moving and then zipped a pass down the field on the run. If his first practice of organized team activities with the New York Jets was a test of his health and confidence, the quarterback passed in a big way. And so did his surgically repaired left knee. ”It feels great,” a smiling Bridgewater said Tuesday. Article continues below … Bridgewater missed most of the past two seasons after suffering a gruesome, career-threatening injury in August 2016 while with the Minnesota…

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Monday’s Sports in Brief | FOX Sports

BASKETBALL CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home. Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn’t so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a series that is now a best-of-three. Article continues below … Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team –…

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Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports gambling after ruling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting. Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated the NFL’s stance that legalized sports gambling in the United States should be governed by federal law rather than state law. The Supreme Court ruled last week to strike down a 1992 law that barred most state-authorized sports gambling. Goodell says the standards should give sports leagues the right ”to protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt…

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Johnny Manziel watches a lot, throws a little at CFL camp

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) Johnny Manziel spent much of the first day of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ training camp as an observer. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner watched a lot of the session Sunday, a day after signing with the Canadian Football league club. Manziel threw while working with the five other quarterbacks and did short tosses to receivers, but knelt off to the side or stood with quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison during 1-on-1 pass drills and 7-on-7 sessions at Ron Joyce Stadium. ”That’s because he doesn’t know the terminology, he doesn’t…

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Browns trade Jamar Taylor to Cardinals for 2020 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jamar Taylor‘s trade to Arizona is official. Cleveland traded another of their starting quarterbacks to the Cardinals on Saturday for a sixth-round draft pick in 2020. The teams agreed to the swap on Friday and had to work out final details before it was announced. The Browns previously shopped Taylor and finally worked out a deal with the Cardinals, who will likely start him opposite star Patrick Peterson. Taylor’s departure seemed destined when the Browns signed several defensive backs in free agency and selected Ohio State cornerback…

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Raiders sign first-round pick Kolton Miller

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick Kolton Miller to a rookie contract. The deal announced Friday gives the Raiders six of their nine draft picks under contract. The Raiders traded down five spots to select Miller 15th overall last month to be their left tackle of the future. Article continues below … Miller played three seasons at UCLA, appearing in 31 games with 23 starts at both left and right tackle over his career. He is being groomed on the left side in Oakland, where…

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