May 2015


The Ted Wells report on Deflategate concludes that the New England Patriots "more probable than not" violated NFL rules and quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" of the deflated game balls. The NFL released the 243-page report on Wednesday after the months-long investigation into claims by the Indianapolis Colts that the Patriots deflated game balls in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 18. The NFL is considering discipline for Brady, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported a source close to the investigation told him.
Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins was interviewed by Louisiana police for more than an hour Monday about the shooting death of a pregnant woman in Baton Rouge. Collins met with Baton Rouge police homicide detectives at Louisiana State Police headquarters as part of a investigation in which Collins' former girlfriend was killed. - - Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, who did not have his fifth-year option picked up by the team, has taken out his frustration on social media. The Seahawks would have been on the hook to pay Irvin $7.8 million in 2016.
The contest to be hopelessly cursed by being on the cover of "Madden" is down to four unlucky souls. The "Madden" cover curse didn't seem to affect last year's winner, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. He had a fine season and the Seahawks went back to the Super Bowl. But we can't ignore more than a decade of torturous tradition, from Daunte Culpepper to Peyton Hillis, when it comes to the "Madden" curse. The video game's cover boy has generally had something really bad happen after he appears on the cover. With that in mind, here are the four semifinalists for the "Madden NFL 16" cover with our entirely made-up and meaningless odds with them: Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (10-to-1) I like Peterson, he's a popular and good player, but he doesn't have the star power of the others. And the Cardinals' fan base won't overpower the voting like ... Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (6-to-1) Another great player, and he gets extra push because more than a few people voting have won a fantasy football title thanks to Brown. And you've seen how the Steelers fans travel. They're everywhere. The only issue is they might vote for anyone else to get Brown out of harm's way with the cover curse. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (2-to-1) Now we're cooking. Gronk has the world in his hands, with crazy suits and dance parties and whatnot. What better way to cap off the Offseason of Gronk by giving him the "Madden" cover? The press events after he wins would certainly be entertaining. He and Brown can fistfight to get in the finals. Big Fight this weekend #Week1 pic.twitter.com/NvCOPAuhz0 — Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown84) April 29, 2015 But our money is on another big favorite ... New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (even odds) Here it is. Beckham really seems to be the NFL's new mega-star, with his one-handed catches and ridiculous athleticism. Being in the New York media market doesn't hurt. He's still fresh and new and exciting, and who is better for a video game cover than the guy who makes catches you can only conceive of in a video game? Happy voting . And, if you believe in the curse, hopefully your favorite player gets crushed. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
The NFL draft is (finally) over. From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting Jameis Winston (and the dumb Social Media Outrage that followed the crab legs photo) to the Arizona Cardinals taking Mr. Irrelevant , it was a wild three days. What moments won the three days? Let's check it out. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Most touching moment This one was easy. It was Jim Kelly, whose battle against cancer was followed closely by all NFL fans, taking the stage to a great standing ovation that obviously surprised and touched him. The moment that'll make us laugh every time we hear it Every time the NFL Network or ESPN played a highlights montage that included commissioner Roger Goodell trying to pronounce Marcus Mariota's name, it was a classic. " Mariato"? C'mon commish, this wasn't exactly cornerback If o Ekpre-Olomu in the seventh round.  Stealing the show It's kind of fun that we have Ickey Woods back in our lives. WOOOOOO! Most extra special moment for one player Every player hopefully enjoyed the special moment when they were drafted, but it had to be really cool for Eddie Goldman. Legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus was announcing the Chicago Bears' second-round pick when he read the card and exclaimed, "I like this," before announcing the pick was Goldman, the Florida State defensive tackle. That's a heck of a way to start a pro career. Goldman said later that Butkus is one of his father's favorite players. "But him to say that ‘and I like this,' it's so subtle and so small but coming from him it kind of made my heart drop a little bit because he's NFL royalty right there," Goldman told the Bears' site. Most surprising reaction from a player When a player gets drafted, a few minutes later he has a teleconference with that team's local media. The questions are typically the same. Inevitably, the player is asked if he had any clue that team would pick him. It's usually either, yes because they met with me and I hit it off with the coach, or no because I hadn't talked to them at all. Nobody says what New York Giants fifth-round pick, Texas safety Mykkele Thompson, said about being drafted. "It was a surprise for me," Thompson said,   according to ESPN.com . "I don't even know how to explain it right now. After the numbers I put up this year, I thought free agency was going to be the main goal, probably." That's different. The "awwwwww" moment The NFL let fans at each of the 32 team sites announce picks in Rounds 4-7, because the draft needed to be a little longer I guess. It did have one fun moment, when a couple who was just married got to announce the New York Giants' pick. And wouldn't you know it? The player was the appropriately named Bobby Hart, a Florida State offensive lineman. Most GIF-able moment Ah yes, there was one more highlight from the fans announcing picks, when some excited Buccaneers fans gave everyone the easiest GIF of the draft. tfw you're a Bucs fan and your team drafts Kaelin Clay: http://t.co/QJXifxPHpi pic.twitter.com/z38qIqnVbr — SB Nation (@SBNation) May 2, 2015 Most extreme high and low Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had one of the biggest moments of his life on Saturday when he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. But it followed an incredibly tough situation on Friday night when his childhood house that was hosting a draft party was significantly damaged by a fire . It's hard to imagine experiencing all those emotions in a 24-hour stretch.   Pick that most teams could regret not making I'm not the biggest Brett Hundley fan, but the UCLA quarterback does have talent. And there are many teams who are pretty desperate at quarterback. If the Green Bay Packers saw the value in trading up to draft him in the fifth round, why didn't some other teams that don't have an MVP at quarterback? (And the "he couldn't develop slowly with a worse team" argument holds no water; teams have free will and can choose to develop a fifth-round pick at any rate they want.) Pick that a team might regret Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory is talented, and there's a reason a top-10 type talent slipped to No. 60. The Dallas Cowboys already have a pretty wild locker room, so I'm not sure of the fit here. Hopefully the issues that forced Gregory to slip so far will be behind him. A big draft drop like that can be a wake-up call. But I think, even at the value of a late second-round pick, it was risky. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Evan Silva assigns a grade to every NFC team's rookie class following the 2015 NFL draft.
Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency. The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue was picked in the fifth.
Though Mykkele Thompson, Geremy Davis, and Bobby Hart aren't high-profile players, the Giants' final three draft choices fit their initial goals of getting bigger, faster, and stronger, according to general manager Jerry Reese. After using the first three rounds to draft potential starters, including a huge offensive tackle in 320-pound first-rounder Ereck Flowers, a big safety in second-rounder Landon Collins, and a quick pass-rusher in third-round defensive end Owa Odighizuwa, the Giants went more with size and potential than proven accomplishments in the final rounds on Saturday. The fifth-rounder Thompson is a long, 6-2, 191-pound defensive back out of Texas who has played every position in the secondary.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Giants continued to fortify their offensive line depth Saturday with seventh-round pick Bobby Hart, an offensive tackle out of Florida State.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have selected wide receiver Tre McBride of William & Mary from the Football Championship Subdivision with their final pick in the NFL draft.

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