Archive for April, 2016

Seattle says Lynch hasn't filed retirement papers yet (The Associated Press)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says the team has not received retirement paperwork for running back Marshawn Lynch.

Bears agree to 1-year deal with former Texans QB Hoyer (The Associated Press)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer, giving them a veteran backup to Jay Cutler.

NHL draft lottery: Maple Leafs win 1st-overall pick

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
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The Toronto Maple Leafs won the 2016 NHL draft lottery Saturday and will select first overall when the entry draft takes place June 24-25.

Other options no longer available, Brian Hoyer signs with Bears (Shutdown Corner)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
The Chicago Bears did not draft a quarterback over the seven rounds of this year's selection meeting, but not long after it ended, they signed a veteran to backup Jay Cutler. Chicago has signed Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal, general manager Ryan Pace confirmed to reporters on Saturday evening. There was no immediate word on financials. Hoyer, who spent last year with the Houston Texans, had visited with both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. But the Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round on Thursday night, ending their pursuit of any other quarterbacks (they had also discussed trading for Colin Kaepernick and Sam Bradford), and the Jets took Christian Hackenberg in the second round. "When he's played, he's been productive ," Pace said of Hoyer. With inexperienced second-year quarterbacks Matt Blanchard and David Fales also on the roster, Hoyer becomes the clear No. 2 in Chicago behind Cutler. Though Hoyer's postseason start with Houston against the Kansas City Chiefs in January was terrible, he was quite good in the regular season, completing 60.7 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine starts. The 30-year old was undrafted out of Michigan State in 2009, signing with the New England Patriots, where he spent three seasons; Hoyer has also started games for the Ariziona Cardinals and his hometown Cleveland Browns in addition to the Texans.

Bills sign Glenn Gronkowski, brother of Pats tight end Rob (The Associated Press)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The NFL is getting another Gronk.

NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's legal team added former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson for a possible appeal of the four-game suspension over Deflategate. The move seems to be a clear sign that Brady and the NFL Players Association will be filing a petition for rehearing before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. The hiring of Olson also hints that Brady's side is prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court.

And with the final pick of the 2016 draft, Mr. Irrelevant is … (Shutdown Corner)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

NFL's Vikings draft German wide receiver Boehringer (AFP)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
The Minnesota Vikings made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer the first European drafted directly to the NFL on Saturday, taking him in the sixth round. Boehringer got interested in the gridiron game five years ago at the age of 17 -- when he saw a video of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. "I can't describe how I feel right now, just happy to be drafted," said Boehringer, who played four years in a German league but unlike the other Europeans who have made it to the NFL has never played in North America.

Raiders give Mexico a taste of the NFL during draft days (The Associated Press)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
The Oakland Raiders relocated south for the third day of the NFL draft Saturday. Amid sombrero- and lucha libre mask-clad fans, the Raiders announced their late-round picks from Azteca Stadium, where they'll face the Houston Texans on Nov. 21. The Raiders, one of the NFL's most popular teams in Mexico, gave their fan base in the nation's capital a taste of the NFL with a Fan Fest to kick off their activities prior to the first regular-season game in the country since 2005, when San Francisco played Arizona.

Lightning bounce back against Islanders in Game 2

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
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Tyler Johnson had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Saturday to even the second-round series at a game apiece.