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Le’Veon Bell has another rap song with not-so-hidden messages

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

The Steelers have opted twice to keep Bell from becoming an unrestricted free agent by applying the franchise tag. The Steelers and Bell have been unable to come to terms on a long-term deal, in part because a contract based on the franchise tag dramatically exceeds the market at the position. If no deal is done by July 16, Bell will be on track to make $14.52 million this season and to hit the market next March, since the Steelers would have to offer him the quarterback franchise tag to keep him around for 2019.

Cliff Avril: ‘Lot of guys got turned off’ after goal-line call in SB XLIX

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Cliff Avril said during a recent podcast that some of his former Seattle Seahawks teammates "began questioning" coach Pete Carroll after Seattle's last-minute Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. Avril, who was released by the Seahawks earlier this month, discussed the conclusion of Super Bowl XLIX during a podcast Thursday with the NFL Network, adding that Seattle would have won at least one more championship under Carroll if not for Malcolm Butler's goal-line interception.

Cliff Avril: Seahawks started questioning Pete Carroll after Super Bowl interception

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

It may have, according to former Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who says that the team began to doubt coach Pete Carroll and his staff after losing Super Bowl XLIX. Avril said on Dave Dameshek’s podcast that “a lot of guys got turned off” to Carroll when the Super Bowl ended with Russell Wilson throwing a game-losing interception to New England’s Malcolm Butler, rather than the Seahawks calling a handoff to Marshawn Lynch, which Seattle players thought would have given them a game-winning touchdown. Avril said that if the Seahawks had won that Super Bowl, which would have been their second in a row, they probably would have won another one after that, too, because the team would have been more united.

Cassius Marsh: Garoppolo “would shred [New England’s] defense every day”

Friday, May 25th, 2018

As the Patriots continue to work their way through the offseason program without starting quarterback Tom Brady, the guy who at one point seemed destined to replace him is working toward his first season as a full-time starter. Take it from current teammate Cassius Marsh, who at one point was a teammate of Garoppolo’s in New England. “I was with the Patriots and he would shred our defense every day,” Marsh said recently, via Eric Branch of SFGate.com.

CBC Sports Plays of the Week

Friday, May 25th, 2018
CBC Sports Plays of the Week

A look at some of the best plays in the world of sports.

Packers sign veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis

Friday, May 25th, 2018

The Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, adding another veteran to back up Jimmy Graham. The 6-foot-6 Lewis, who turned 34 last week, played 12 seasons in Jacksonville. Lewis also helped the Jaguars run for an NFL-best 141.4 yards per game last year.

Report: Denver Broncos bring in ex-76ers GM/analytics guru Sam Hinkie to consult on their ‘process’

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Former NBA general manager Sam Hinkie switched fields of play Thursday, visiting the NFL’s Denver Broncos so they could pick his brain. It’s been just over two years since Sam Hinkie stepped down as the Philadelphia 76ers’ general manager and president of basketball operations, marking the end of his participation in perhaps the boldest and most hotly (and exhaustively) debated rebuilding project in NBA history — a years-long plummet to the bottom of the league’s standings, in search of high lottery picks who could help transform a franchise that had spent years on the “treadmill of mediocrity” into one with the top-tier talent capable of competing for championships. As the 76ers emerged this season as a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference, winning 52 games and making the second round of the playoffs fueled largely by the talented young players who came in his wake, Hinkie began to return to public view, appearing as a speaker and panelist at the 2018 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference back in February and agreeing to a lengthy feature for The Ringer about what he’s been doing and what he might do next.

‘The View’ Co-Host Meghan McCain Again Criticizes NFL National Anthem Kneelers

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Meghan McCain has doubled down on her verbal attacks made on The View regarding the NFL’s national anthem kneelers, saying via Twitter she “ardently” believes everyone should stand when the song is played. McCain, daughter of U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, defended herself Friday on Twitter after taking a battering on Thursday’s edition of the ABC talker. The kerfuffle came after she gave her view that players who kneel during the national anthem were wrong, with the protest leader, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, deemed “unpatriotic” by a national survey.

Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors. Kirsten John Foy, the group's northeast regional director, was the first of 10 speakers who took turns during the 40-minute demonstration to criticize NFL team owners and President Donald Trump. ''Our demand is that the NFL reverse that immoral and unconstitutional decision,'' Foy said.

Steelers prepare for life without injured Ryan Shazier

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team's facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best. The Steelers understand there is no one player that has Shazier's mix of speed and smarts.