June 2014


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants signed third-round draft pick Jay Bromley on Monday.
The Los Angeles Kings ended the longest postseason in franchise history with the longest game they had ever played. Thanks to Alec Martinez and one beautiful rebound goal, they finished as champions again. Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5. Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal with 12:04 left in regulation for the resilient Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the longest game in franchise history and the third overtime game at Staples Center in this series.
Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Coach Bill O'Brien disclosed the procedure Friday and said Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. O'Brien said the standout from South Carolina was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia. ''We decided the best thing for (Clowney) and for the best team for our team and the best thing for the organization was to have sports hernia surgery,'' O'Brien said.
New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason has a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid in his right foot but hopes to be ready for the start of the season. Beason sustained the injuries during an Organized Team Activity workout on Thursday.
New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason has broken a bone in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp. ''It's not season-ending, so I'm happy about that,'' said Beason, who had at least eight tackles in eight games last season after arriving in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. The Giants signed him to a three-year, $16.8 million contract in the offseason. He made 93 tackles and had 12 interceptions in 12 games for the Giants.
Call it the offseason curse of the linebacker, whatever you want, but yet another high-profile 'backer has gone down in offseason (non-contact) training with a serious injury. Following the season-ending injuries to the Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee and the Atlanta Falcons' Sean Weatherspoon, the New York Giants' Jon Beason suffered a foot injury that could keep him on the shelf until September, as first reported by NFL.com's Kimberly Jones. NYG LB Jon Beason has sesamoid fracture in right foot. Surgery required. Expected 12 week recovery, according to someone aware of diagnosis. — Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) June 13, 2014 The Giants later confirmed the news. Suddenly, Beason is in serious doubt to play in the Monday night opener on Sept. 8 — which is just past the 12-week mark — at the Detroit Lions, but Beason said he remains hopeful he can return for that game. “The [opener] is within that time frame,” Beason said. “I expect to be back [for that game]. If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 (games played), maybe it’s 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one." In the meantime, the Giants must have plans to replace Beason and must identify three starting linebackers in case he's out. Jameel McClain, Mark Herzlich and fifth-round pick Devon Kennard all could get reps at middle linebacker, and/or on the strong side, too. Spencer Paysinger will vie for a starting spot, as will Jacquian Williams. But the point is that there suddenly will be a wide-open competition for playing time — at all three spots. Beason joined the team following an early-season trade from the Carolina Panthers a year ago and instantly established himself as a leader in the Giants' locker room. He returned this offseason and, despite a history of injuries, figured to be a key figure on the defense. The surgeon performing the procedure on Beason's foot, Dr. Robert Anderson, is considered one of the most respected foot experts in sports medicine and has repaired Beason before — his season-ending Achilles injury back in 2011. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is impressed with quarterback Joe Flacco's grasp of the team's new offensive system. The Ravens ranked 29th in total offense last season, and they hired Kubiak in late January. "The key thing is their work habits," said Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach. "That's been very positive, and Joe (Flacco) is ahead of everybody on the curve from that standpoint, which he needs to be.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not be charged in the aftermath of the April 1 incident involving a woman at a hotel room for insufficient evidence that any crime was committed. San Francisco wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who were also being investigated for the incident, also won't be charged. The Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office said in a memo released Thursday that tests indicated the woman was not sexually assaulted and other evidence backed up the players' contention that nothing happened. A woman who knew Kaepernick made the allegations and said she ended up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there after visiting the three players in a Miami apartment.
First, Doug Marrone began introducing his personal musical playlist during practice - from Johnny Cash to Iggy Azalea. ''Oh yeah, I got shot right in the chin,'' Marrone said following the team's final session Thursday, and a day after canceling practice to take the team to a nearby indoor airsoft facility. And he's doing it during a condensed offseason in Buffalo. That's earlier than normal, because Buffalo will open the preseason playing the New York Giants in the annual Hall of Fame game, Aug. 3.
Trying to learn and absorb the new West Coast offense being installed by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the New York Giants wrapped their final organized team activity Thursday before a three-day mini-camp next week. ''We're showing progress there, slowly but steady,'' Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. It takes time when you're getting into a new situation of any kind.'' The Giants' receivers welcome the changes. ''Everyone is still learning,'' fourth-year receiver Jerrel Jernigan said.

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