Draw held for WGC match play event

Draw held for WGC match play event

Defending champion Bubba Watson is in the same group as local standout Jordan Spieth after the draw for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play was held Monday.

The event at Austin Country Club in Texas begins on Wednesday, but the selection process via lottery balls determined the pairings of 16 four-player groups.

Fellow Americans Billy Horschel and Kevin Na are also part of Group 15 with Watson and Spieth. Golfers in each group face one another in round-robin play Wednesday through Friday before the winners advance to the knockout rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Tiger Woods, a three-time event winner, is participating for the first time since 2013. He is in Group 13 along with three other Americans — Patrick Cantlay, Brandt Snedeker and Aaron Wise.

Group 12 features 2016 and 2014 champion Jason Day of Australia and Phil Mickelson, along with Jim Furyk and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. Group 16 includes Patrick Reed and Spain’s Sergio Garcia.

England’s Ian Poulter, part of Group 14 with Tony Finau, has won 27 matches at the event, second to Woods’ 33.

Not surprisingly, he likes playing one-on-one.

“It’s a great form of golf,” Poulter told the Golf Channel. “It’s a pure form for the simple fact that you can see your opponent’s eyes. You can try to control your match as much as you can with your own play. The clock starts ticking as soon as you tee off. You need to try to dispose your man as soon as possible, and that’s what I’ll be trying to do over the next few days.”

American Xander Schauffele is part of Group 9 with three Europeans. Schauffele admits he plays differently in this format.

“More aggression, I’d say. Consistent aggression,” Schauffele told the Golf Channel. “There’s no cut and overall, just the same sore of positive attitude as stroke play, but definitely more happy-go-lucky. That’s sort of my style for match play.”

Top-seeded Dustin Johnson, who won the event two years ago, is in Group 1. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is one of the others in the group.

All groups (seeds in parenthesis)

Group 1 — (1) Dustin Johnson, (24) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), (40) Branden Grace (South Africa), (55) Chez Reavie

Group 2 — (2) Justin Rose (England), (22) Gary Woodland, (34) Eddie Pepperell (England), (53) Emiliano Grillo (Argentina)

Group 3 — (3) Brooks Koepka, (27) Alex Noren (Sweden), (36) Haotong Li (China), (60) Tom Lewis (England)

Group 4 — (4) Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), (32) Matthew Fitzpatrick (England), (47) Justin Harding (South Africa), (64) Luke List

Group 5 — (5) Justin Thomas, (31) Keegan Bradley, (33) Matt Wallace (England), (50) Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark)

Group 6 — (6) Bryson DeChambeau, (17) Marc Leishman (Australia), (39) Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand), (59) Russell Knox (Scotland)

Group 7 — (7) Francesco Molinari (Italy), (21) Webb Simpson (45) Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark), (63) Satoshi Kodaira (Japan)

Group 8 — (8) Jon Rahm (Spain), (23) Matt Kuchar (43), J.B. Holmes (54), Si Woo Kim (South Korea)

Group 9 — (9) Xander Schauffele, (29) Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain), (35) Tyrrell Hatton (England), (62) Lee Westwood (England)

Group 10 — (10) Paul Casey (England), (25) Cameron Smith (Australia), (42) Charles Howell III, (58) Abraham Ancer (Mexico)

Group 11 — (11) Tommy Fleetwood (England), (19) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), (41) Kyle Stanley, (49) Byeong-Hun An (South Korea)

Group 12 — (12) Jason Day (Australia), (20) Phil Mickelson, (37) Henrik Stenson (Sweden), (52) Jim Furyk

Group 13 — (13) Tiger Woods (18), Patrick Cantlay, (44) Brandt Snedeker, (61) Aaron Wise

Group 14 — (14) Tony Finau, (30) Ian Poulter (England), (48) Kevin Kisner, (56) Keith Mitchell

Group 15 — (15) Bubba Watson, (28) Jordan Spieth, (38) Billy Horschel, (57) Kevin Na

Group 16 — (16) Patrick Reed, (26) Sergio Garcia (Spain), (46) Shane Lowry (Ireland), (51) Andrew Putnam

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Kang wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

Kang wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

Kang wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

There was no reason for Sung Kang to fret about the closing holes in the AT&T Byron Nelson.

He was in the right groove to finish the job for his first PGA Tour victory.

Kang, a South Korean, flourished down the stretch, completing a long day by capturing the tournament title in Dallas on Sunday.

“I feel amazing,” Kang said. “I’ve done it today, so it feels just amazing. … I thought I was going to be more nervous and things like that. I was really calm and really different.”

Kang shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to finish at 23-under 261 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, giving him a two-stroke victory.

For Kang, 31, it was his 159th tournament appearance on the PGA Tour. He’s the ninth first-time winner on tour this season.

Matt Every (66), who began the final round with five birdies and a bogey across the first six holes, and Scott Piercy (64) tied for second at 21 under.

“I could have hit better shots,” Every said. “Sung played really good. It would have been tough to beat him.”

Brooks Koepka (65), who goes into this week’s PGA Championship as the defending champion, finished fourth at 20 under.

Great Britain’s Matt Jones (67) bogeyed the final hole and dropped into a five-way tie for fifth place at 17 under.

Despite several golfers putting up scores to make them contenders, Kang didn’t flinch. He notched birdies on Nos. 14-16 to create a three-shot edge.

“I was mentally really tired,” Kang said. “… When we’d get to the (next) hole, I’d try to make birdie again.”

Kang lives in the Dallas area, although he said he had played this course only a few times more than any of the other golfers in the field.

“I got here (in the Dallas area) actually back in 2002,” said Kang, who was able to stay at home during the tournament. “My dad sent me over here to practice in wintertime and summertimes.”

Most golfers had to finish the third round Sunday before the final round began, creating a long day for contenders. So while Every was the overnight leader, Kang held a three-shot advantage going into the final round.

Every had four straight bogeys while completing the third round. Meanwhile, Kang was back in front with three back-side birdies Sunday morning.

Piercy and Koepka were five shots off the lead going to the last round.

Kang, whose second-round 61 allowed him to jump into the lead, took a nap at the course between the third and fourth rounds. He appeared plenty energized for the last task.

“I just tried to save as much energy as I could save and I was still fresh,” Kang said. “Take a couple naps, ready to go.”

Despite the outcome, Koepka put together good rounds and that puts him in a nice mindset going into the second major of the season.

“I’m seeing the lines quite well right now,” he said. “The touch is pretty good.”

Spain’s Carlos Ortiz made a big move in the final round, with an eagle on the first hole and going 5 under through seven holes. He ended up with a 65 for the round and 15 under for the tournament.

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Chargers bring back DL Square on 1-year deal

Chargers bring back DL Square on 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers bring back DL Square on 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed defensive lineman Damion Square to a one-year contract on Monday.

Square, 30, is coming off his most productive season, making 31 tackles, including three sacks, while appearing in all 16 games, with a career-high 11 starts. He started games at nose tackle and defensive end.

Square has made 74 tackles, including nine for loss and 5.5 sacks, in six seasons after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2013. He joined the Chargers in 2014.

Square likely figures into the defensive tackle rotation in 2019 for Los Angeles, which drafted defensive tackle Jerry Tillery in the first round.

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Cowboys RB Weber injures knee at rookie camp

Cowboys RB Weber injures knee at rookie camp

Dallas Cowboys running

Cowboys RB Weber injures knee at rookie camp

Dallas Cowboys running back Mike Weber will undergo an MRI exam after injuring his knee Saturday at rookie minicamp.

A seventh-round draft pick from Ohio State, Weber was injured during the morning session and did not participate in the afternoon workout.

“Yeah, he hurt his knee in the practice so they’re going to get an MRI and just kind of check it out,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, per ESPN.

Weber rushed for 2,676 yards and 24 touchdowns in 38 games with the Buckeyes from 2016-18.

The Cowboys drafted Weber and Tony Pollard of Memphis (fourth round) as backups to two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott.

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Bucs LB Beckwith to miss second straight season

Bucs LB Beckwith to miss second straight season

Bucs LB Beckwith to miss second straight season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwith will miss a second consecutive season after being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Friday.

Beckwith missed last season after having surgery to repair a fractured ankle suffered in a single-car accident near his home in Louisiana.

According to ESPN, there are fears Beckwith’s ankle injury could be career-ending. He returned to the practice field late last season, but after three weeks the team declined to add him to the active roster.

Beckwith, 24, played in all 16 games (11 starts) as a rookie third-round pick in 2017, collecting 73 tackles, two passes defensed and a sack. His NFL debut was his first in-game action since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November of 2016 during his senior season at LSU.

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Report: Patriots agree to deal with WR Inman

Report: Patriots agree to deal with WR Inman

The New England

Report: Patriots agree to deal with WR Inman

The New England Patriots agreed to terms with receiver Dontrelle Inman on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

Inman reportedly visited the Patriots on Friday and the deal was consummated during his stay.

Inman, 30, caught 28 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in nine games for the Indianapolis Colts last season.

Inman’s best season came in 2016 when he established career highs of 58 receptions, 810 yards and four touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers.

Inman played for the Chargers from 2014-17 — including four games in 2017 after the move to Los Angeles — and also played for the Chicago Bears (eight games in 2017).

He has 158 career receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 scores in 58 games (34 starts).

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Ansah officially signs with Seahawks

Ansah officially signs with Seahawks

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah officially signed

Ansah officially signs with Seahawks

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah officially signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.

Ansah, who has 48 career sacks, reportedly received a one-year, $9 million contract.

“I’m super excited,” Ansah told the team website after signing his contract. “This is a great team. The caliber of players who have been through here, they have a great coach out here, the environment, the organization, it’s just great. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

The signing of Ansah figures to help make up for the departure of Frank Clark, who was recently dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs after leading the team with 13 sacks last season.

Coming off of shoulder surgery after missing nine games in 2018, Ansah is expected to be cleared by mid-August, according to the NFL Network.

Ansah, who will turn 30 on May 29, had four sacks and seven quarterback hits in seven games (two starts) while playing on the franchise tag ($17.1 million) for the Detroit Lions last season, after posting 12 and 17, respectively, in 2017.

His best season came in 2015, when he had 14.5 sacks and 34 QB hits while earning his only Pro Bowl nod.

Drafted fifth overall by Detroit in 2013, Ansah has 110 quarterback hits in six NFL seasons.

The change of scenery appeals to Ansah.

“I am really motivated right now,” Ansah said. “Not that I wasn’t motivated before, but I’m just super excited to be part of the Seahawks.”

Defensive end Nate Orchard was released to open a roster spot for Ansah. The four-year veteran was signed by Seattle last month.

Orchard has five sacks in 38 NFL games for the Cleveland Browns (2015-17), Buffalo Bills (2018) and Kansas City Chiefs (2018).

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Arians: Pierre-Paul out at least 5 to 6 months

Arians: Pierre-Paul out at least 5 to 6 months

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arians: Pierre-Paul out at least 5 to 6 months

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will miss five to six months as a best-case scenario due to the broken neck he suffered in a car accident last week.

The best-case scenario was provided by coach Bruce Arians on Friday, when he met with reporters. A decision on whether Pierre-Paul will need neck surgery hasn’t yet been reached.

“Very unfortunate,” Arians said of the situation. “All we can do is just pray and hope for the best and hope it’s one of those five- or six-month things and go from there.”

Pierre-Paul was injured in the early morning hours of May 2 when he lost control of his Ferrari and it veered off the road and crashed into a concrete barrier. It was raining at the time of the accident, according to the crash report.

Pierre-Paul was not ticketed at the scene.

The loss of Pierre-Paul would be a big blow as even the best-case scenario outlined by Arians would have him missing six to 10 games. Not having him at all in 2019 is possible if the timetable worsens.

Pierre-Paul had a team-best 12.5 sacks last season, his first with the Bucs after playing eight years for the New York Giants. The 12.5 sacks tied for his second most behind the 16.5 he had for New York in 2011.

Pierre-Paul has faced adversity before as he was involved in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015. He lost a finger and part of a second and played in just eight games in the 2015 season.

Arians is still pondering how the Buccaneers would replace Pierre-Paul.

“I don’t know what the answer is yet, if he’s gonna play, if he’s not gonna play,” Arians said. “(You) just practice with the guys you have, just like if anybody else gets hurt, on the field or off the field. You march on.”

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Romo misses cut at Byron Nelson

Romo misses cut at Byron Nelson

Tony

Romo misses cut at Byron Nelson

Tony Romo was happy with Friday’s 3-over 74 but the round didn’t prevent him from missing the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.

Romo shot 8-over 150 in 36 holes in his third PGA Tour event, all due to sponsor’s exemptions.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback said he was encouraged by his trek around the course on Friday.

“I think more than anything, I got a sense to be able to hit a lot of high-quality shots under what is a pressure situation for me,” Romo told reporters. “That’s encouraging and shows that the work you’re doing holds up when it counts. And from there, you just got to find the little things that allow you to keep things going and not derail a round. Just small stuff, technique-wise, but we’re coming on.”

Romo shot three birdies, four bogeys and one double-bogey during the second round. He hit nine of 14 fairways.

He felt he performed better than Thursday, when he shot 76 despite recording an eagle-3 on the par-5, seventh hole.

“I hit so many good shots today,” Romo said after Friday’s round. “I mean, I kind of know that the driver is going to be the ability to go low because you have to put yourself in position to attack the pins consistently. I think you found the next step of what we’re going to be working on (with the driver). I think it’s more just your ability to keep your misses small. Out here, golf is a game of misses.”

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Giants sign veteran OL Remmers

Giants sign veteran OL Remmers

The New York

Giants sign veteran OL Remmers

The New York Giants signed offensive lineman Mike Remmers, the versatile veteran’s agent announced Saturday on Twitter.

After starting 16 games at right guard last season for the Minnesota Vikings, Remmers will shift back to right tackle with the Giants, according to agent Brett Tessler.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Remmers, 30, signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Vikings in March 2017. He was released in March after two seasons in a cost-cutting move.

He has started 64 of his 65 NFL games over seven seasons with the Vikings, Carolina Panthers (2014-16) and San Diego Chargers (2013).

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Jets’ Gase: RB Bell will be at mandatory minicamp

Jets' Gase: RB Bell will be at mandatory minicamp

Despite raising eyebrows

Jets’ Gase: RB Bell will be at mandatory minicamp

Despite raising eyebrows in the New York media by skipping voluntary team workouts two months after signing a contract with $27 million guaranteed, new Jets running back Le’Veon Bell intends to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.

According to the New York Daily News, head coach Adam Gase confirmed Friday that his star free agent pickup said he plans to show up when the Jets convene on a mandatory basis from June 4-6.

“We had a conversation about what was kind of his schedule,” Gase said. “We’ll kind of see how the (organized team activities) go. As of right now, I know the mandatory stuff … he said he was going to be here for that. So I don’t expect him to not show up.”

Bell preferred his Miami-area digs for offseason training as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including his full year spent in relative exile as a holdout.

The Daily News on Friday characterized the Jets as not “particularly pleased” that Bell, 27, has not shown up for the voluntary portion of the Jets’ offseason schedule, despite most other veterans attending. Earlier this week the former Steelers Pro Bowler explained why he preferred to work out on his own at this time of the year.

“When it’s time to play football…” Bell wrote on Instagram. “I got to stick to the formula that I know works for me to be the best player I can be…I’m not just tryna win football games, I want a ring. I want to desperately show everybody what I can REALLY do…I’ll take the heat right now, everybody will forget about that once January comes around.”

His new coach tried to downplay the situation on Friday.

“It’s voluntary,” Gase said. “Everybody can get upset about it. There’s no point. We know where he is. He’s working out. He’s always been ready. Every year that he’s played, he’s been ready to go. So that’s just what it is. If somebody doesn’t like it, then talk to the NFLPA.”

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NFL notebook: Pierre-Paul out at least 5 to 6 months

NFL notebook: Pierre-Paul out at least 5 to 6 months

Tampa Bay

NFL notebook: Pierre-Paul out at least 5 to 6 months

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will miss five to six months as a best-case scenario due to the broken neck he suffered in a car accident last week, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Friday.

A decision on whether Pierre-Paul will need neck surgery hasn’t yet been reached. “Very unfortunate,” Arians said of the situation. “All we can do is just pray and hope for the best and hope it’s one of those five- or six-month things and go from there.”

Pierre-Paul was injured in the early morning hours of May 2 when he lost control of his Ferrari and it veered off the road and crashed into a concrete barrier. It was raining at the time of the accident, according to the crash report. Pierre-Paul was not ticketed at the scene.

The loss of Pierre-Paul would be a big blow as even the hopeful scenario outlined by Arians would have him missing six to 10 games. Not having him at all in 2019 is also possible. Pierre-Paul had a team-best 12.5 sacks last season, his first with the Bucs after playing eight years for the New York Giants.

–If quarterback Kyler Murray’s first day of rookie minicamp with the Arizona Cardinals didn’t start so smoothly, he has an excuse: It must be the shoes. Murray was missing his usual cleats, which weren’t delivered to the practice facility in time for the start of minicamp.

“My feet hurt a little bit,” Murray said. “It’s been a long time since I put cleats on. I’ve been running around. The cleats were pretty new.”

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury expects the proper pair to arrive by Saturday’s practice, so he wasn’t too worried about Murray’s quick feet. Other than the shoe issue, Murray was happy with his first day, saying “it was great” to work with Kingsbury.

–Despite raising eyebrows in the New York media by skipping voluntary team workouts two months after signing a contract with $27 million guaranteed, new Jets running back Le’Veon Bell intends to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.

Per the New York Daily News, coach Adam Gase confirmed that his star free agent pickup said he will show up when the Jets convene on a mandatory basis from June 4-6. Bell liked his Miami-area digs for offseason training as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including his full year spent in relative exile as a holdout.

The Daily News on Friday characterized the Jets as not “particularly pleased” that Bell, 27, has not shown up for the voluntary portion of the Jets’ offseason schedule, despite most other veterans attending.

–Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who has 48 career sacks, officially signed one-year, $9 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

The signing of Ansah figures to help make up for the departure of Frank Clark, who was recently dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs after leading the team with 13 sacks last season. Defensive end Nate Orchard was released to open a roster spot for Ansah. The four-year veteran was signed by Seattle last month.

Coming off shoulder surgery after missing nine games in 2018, Ansah expects to be cleared by mid-August, according to the NFL Network. Ansah, who turns 30 on May 29, had four sacks and seven quarterback hits in seven games (two starts) while playing on the franchise tag ($17.1 million) for Detroit last season.

–The New England Patriots agreed to terms with receiver Dontrelle Inman on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

Inman, 30, caught 28 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in nine games for the Indianapolis Colts last season. Inman’s best season came in 2016, when he established career highs of 58 receptions, 810 yards and four touchdowns for the then-San Diego Chargers.

Inman played for the Chargers from 2014-17 — including four games in 2017 after the move to Los Angeles — and also played for the Chicago Bears (eight games in 2017). He has 158 career receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 scores in 58 games (34 starts).

–Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwith will miss a second consecutive season after being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Beckwith missed 2018 after having surgery to repair a broken ankle suffered in a single-car accident near his home in Louisiana. According to ESPN, there are fears his injury could be career-ending. He returned to practice late last season, but after three weeks, the team declined to add him to the active roster.

Beckwith, 24, played in all 16 games (11 starts) as a rookie third-round pick in 2017, collecting 73 tackles, two passes defensed and a sack. His NFL debut was his first in-game action since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November 2016 during his senior season at LSU.

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Kang ties course record with 61, leads Nelson by 4

Kang ties course record with 61, leads Nelson by 4

Kang ties course record with 61, leads Nelson by 4

Competitors awoke Friday to an unusual situation at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas: sweater weather.

It didn’t matter to Sung Kang, the South Korean who now lives in nearby Coppell, Texas. He shot a 10-under 61 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in the second round to tie the course record set last year by Marc Fleishman the first time the course played host to the tournament.

Kang — still seeking his first win on the PGA Tour — holds the lead after two rounds at 16-under 126, getting some serious breathing room from his nearest competitors, Matt Every and Tyler Duncan, who are at 12 under.

“It’s like perfect and awesome,” Kang said of the cool and sometimes windy day at the wide-open course. “Nice conditions for a low score.”

Kang admitted that 59, the PGA record for a round, did cross his mind, but he chose to play conservatively down the stretch rather than risk giving some shots back to the field.

“Conditions were so hard, you try to force it and the course is playing so tough out there,” he said. “So, just try to get the opportunity, probably try to hit it within 15 feet and if I make the putt, good. If I don’t, make par and get me going.

“I still think it was a great round.”

Kang played a bogey-free round, birdieing the opening hole and closing out the front nine with five straight birdies. He made it six in a row with a birdie on No. 10. He birdied all three of the course’s par-5s.

The weather seemed to be a bigger issue for many players.

At least Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who is at 6-under 136 and tied for 17th, was ready for it.

“Had four layers on and felt a little bit like the Michelin Man,” he said after shooting a 2-under 69.

Dallas native Jordan Spieth was not. He had to call his wife and have her deliver some cool-weather gear after he got a dose of the conditions on the practice range.

“No excuses if you’re in your hometown,” he told reporters with a smile.

Spieth mixed seven birdies with a bogey and double bogey to finish the day 4 under. He is at 7 under through two rounds, in a tie for 10th.

Brooks Koepka is at 11 under after a 66 on Friday. Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini rounds out the top five, alone at 10 under after firing a 65.

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Reports: Seahawks to sign DT Woods

Reports: Seahawks to sign DT Woods

Reports: Seahawks to sign DT Woods

On the same day the Seattle Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, the team also reportedly plans to add veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.

Woods’ agency, SportsTrustAdvisors, posted news of the agreement on Twitter on Friday, with NFL Network reporting a deal to be signed that could be worth up to $2.5 million for next season.

Woods, 32, a captain last season with the Indianapolis Colts, has played for five NFL teams in his nine seasons in the league. That includes a two-game stint he spent with the Seahawks in his second year in 2011.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, Woods is known as a bulky run-stopper in the middle of the defensive line. He recorded 24 tackles in 14 games (eight starts) last season with the Colts.

Originally a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of LSU by the New Orleans Saints, who cut him before the season began, Woods has played for Tampa Bay (2010), Seattle (2011), Pittsburgh (2012-13), Tennessee (2014-16) and Indianapolis (2017-18).

He has 172 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his nine-year career.

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Bucs DT McCoy: ‘I will be playing football somewhere’

Bucs DT McCoy: 'I will be playing football somewhere'

Bucs DT McCoy: ‘I will be playing football somewhere’

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy vowed to get on the field this season on Friday night, but left in question whether that will be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection, who voiced his displeasure with trade rumors earlier this week and hasn’t been attending voluntary workouts at the team’s headquarters, spoke about it with SpectrumSports 360 host Mike Cairns at the Dick Vitale Gala in Tampa.

“I will be playing football somewhere,” McCoy said.

Pressed about whether that meant in Tampa Bay, McCoy said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

McCoy, the third overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft, has three years left on his contract and has been a pillar on otherwise subpar defenses for most of his career in Tampa.

McCoy’s base salary in 2019 is $13 million as he crosses the midway point of the six-year, $95.2 million deal he signed in 2016. His base salary is $10 million next season and $10.432 million in 2021.

New head coach Bruce Arians might have set the rumor mill in motion, unintentionally. At the NFL Spring Meeting in Arizona, Arians said every player should be at One Buc Place for workouts in April and May if they’re committed to winning.

“I’ve gotta evaluate him,” Arians said of the 31-year-old McCoy in March. “Guy’s up there in age, it’s different. It’s usually the age when they’re getting paid the most, and production and [pay] don’t match. So we’ve gotta find that out.”

General manager Jason Licht responded to those comments and questions about where McCoy was during workouts by saying he’s “the last person I would worry about. He’s a consummate pro. He’s always been one.”

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Fitzpatrick, Rosen begin QB competition in Miami

Fitzpatrick, Rosen begin QB competition in Miami

Will it be a journeyman or a former

Fitzpatrick, Rosen begin QB competition in Miami

Will it be a journeyman or a former first-round draft pick who wins the starting quarterback job for the Miami Dolphins?

Coach Brian Flores said let the best man win.

The Dolphins begin organized team activities on Monday, which will give Flores his first look at his quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is entering his 14th season and playing for his eighth team, and second-year player Josh Rosen, recently acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals.

“As far as the quarterback position, like every other position, there’ll be competition there,” Flores told reporters. “In that position, we’re looking for leadership, we’re looking for, obviously, accuracy, we’re looking for someone, who, for the most part, can lead the team. And put together successful drives and put us in good position in the run game and the pass game, from a protection standpoint. So there’s a lot that goes into it, it’s a leadership position and there’s going to be some competition at that position for sure.”

Rosen, whom the Arizona Cardinals traded to make room for No. 1 draft pick Kyler Murray, is 22 and Fitzpatrick is 36. Flores said he isn’t in a hurry to rush Rosen into the starting job that was held by Ryan Tannehill the past six seasons.

“If [Fitzpatrick] wins the competition, absolutely I’m good with that,” Flores said. “I think that would be what’s best for the team and what’s best for the Miami Dolphins.”

If that happens, Flores still will have his eye on Rosen.

“Thankfully, we get to evaluate him every day in practice,” he said.

Flores said QB isn’t the only position that will have a competition.

“There’s going to be competition, really across the board on this team,” the first-year head coach said. “I don’t think that there’s any way to raise the level of a group than to create competition.”

The new-look Dolphins open the season Sept. 8 at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Troubled RB Walton gets Dolphins tryout

Troubled RB Walton gets Dolphins tryout

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was invited to try

Troubled RB Walton gets Dolphins tryout

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was invited to try out with the Miami Dolphins, despite pending criminal charges against him.

“I think people deserve a second chance,” new Miami coach Brian Flores told the Palm Beach Post. “I believe that. I think that’s the case. I don’t want to judge people based on one incident. Two incidents. I think it’s a case-by-case situation for a player and for people in general. That’s kind of my stance.”

The Bengals waived Walton on April 6 after his third arrest of 2019. He was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in January, a misdemeanor battery charge in February, and in April on possession of marijuana, reckless driving and felony concealed weapons charges from an alleged incident in March.

“He’s here on a tryout,” Flores said. “Obviously, talented player. But we want to take a look at him and see if he was a fit for us, on the field and off the field. I think he’s done a good job, really in the one day that he’s been here. So we’ll see how it goes.”

Flores said that the Dolphins brass had discussed Walton’s legal issues.

“Again, it’s a tryout,” Flores said. “And just that’s kind of part of the process. Getting to know him. And getting to see him on and off the field.”

Walton, 22, played his college football at Miami and was taken by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He saw limited action last season, gaining 34 yards on 14 carries.

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Wrong shoes hurt Cards’ Murray at minicamp debut

Wrong shoes hurt Cards' Murray at minicamp debut

If quarterback Kyler Murray's first

Wrong shoes hurt Cards’ Murray at minicamp debut

If quarterback Kyler Murray’s first day of rookie minicamp with the Arizona Cardinals didn’t start so smoothly, he has an excuse: It must be the shoes.

“My feet hurt a little bit,” Murray said. “It’s been a long time since I put cleats on. I’ve been running around. The cleats were pretty new.”

Murray was missing his usual cleats, which weren’t delivered to the practice facility in time for the start of minicamp, so the backup pair didn’t have a comfortable feel.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury expects the proper pair to arrive for Saturday’s practice, so he wasn’t too worried about Murray’s quick feet. He basically liked what he saw Friday of the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.

“Not bad,” Kliff Kingsbury said of Murray’s on-field debut. “Some familiarity with the system helps. He can really throw it. He’s got a presence about himself. I liked how he operated.”

The No. 1 overall draft pick who on Thursday signed his rookie contract, a four-year deal worth $35.1 million fully guaranteed, can buy all the shoes he wants now.

“It was good finally touching the field again,” Murray said. “A lot of this process has been just a lot of talk and evaluation and stuff like that. Just to actually be able to play football again, get out here with the guys and do what you love, it was fun.”

Other than the shoe issue, he was pleased with how the first day went, saying “it was great” to work with Kingsbury.

“Obviously, it’s only been day one, but I can already feel the rhythm going,” Murray added. “Hopefully, we can keep this thing going and do something good, do something great.”

Kingsbury, who began recruiting Murray during the quarterback’s sophomore year in high school, finally has the man he has wanted to coach.

“He’s been born and bred to do this. I’ve said it all along,” Kingsbury said Friday. “That’s his mentality. That’s what he’s always expected to do and be. So he’s kind of living it out right now. It might affect other people, but it doesn’t seem to affect him.”

With Murray jumping in feet first, there’s no telling how far he’ll take the Cardinals.

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Browns RB Hunt: ‘I’ve got to earn everybody’s trust’

Browns RB Hunt: 'I've got to earn everybody's trust'

Cleveland running

Browns RB Hunt: ‘I’ve got to earn everybody’s trust’

Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt said he promised the Browns there will not be another incident like the one that led to his eight-game suspension to start the 2019 season.

“I’ve apologized for my actions in the past and definitely won’t make those same mistakes,” Hunt told reporters Wednesday in Cleveland, where he is attending organized team activities.

Hunt signed with the Browns on Feb. 11, about two and a half months after being cut by Kansas City. The Chiefs parted ways with their leading rusher after a video surfaced of him kicking and shoving a woman at a Cleveland hotel.

Hunt, 23, said he hasn’t had a chance to apologize to the woman face to face, but said he would if given that chance.

The 2017 Pro Bowl selection and Ohio native said he hopes to make a fresh start with the Browns.

“It turned out to be good landing in a situation like the Browns, close to home again,” Hunt said. “I just have to sit back [during the suspension] and keep faith and better myself as a person.”

He also said he is currently undergoing counseling twice a week and is planning to get baptized this Sunday.

“I’ve got to earn everybody’s trust,” Hunt said.

A third-round pick out of Toledo in 2017, Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 79 passes for 833 yards and 10 scores in 27 games with the Chiefs. He won the NFL rushing title as a rookie with 1,327 yards.

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TE Rudolph hoping to stay with Vikings

TE Rudolph hoping to stay with Vikings

TE Rudolph hoping to stay with Vikings

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, the subject of trade rumors and reported broken-down negotiations over a contract extension, said he is hoping to find a way to stay with the team.

“My family, myself, we want to be here and we’re going to do everything we can to be there,” he said Monday, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “If the alternative happens and we do get traded, change happens. … Obviously, that’s not what we’re hoping for. …

“We’re in a tough situation as a team. You can’t keep everybody, you can’t pay everybody. Those guys I know are working really hard to try to figure out something.”

Rudolph has one year left on his contact and is due $7.5 million in 2019. The Vikings have about $1 million left in cap space.

Minnesota drafted Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round as a potential replacement.

“I’ve had conversations with Kyle and quite honestly I really love all my players,” said coach Mike Zimmer. “We expect Kyle to be here but sometimes business gets in the way.”

Rudolph, 29, has spent his eight-year NFL career in Minnesota, catching 386 passes for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. He had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four scores last season.

“Obviously, it’s a difficult situation, so there’s a lot of complex things that go into it,” Rudolph said. “That takes time. It’s not an easy, ‘They like me, I like them. We want to stay here.’ That’s not the way it works.”

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Gunshot victim Ballentine joins Giants rookies

Gunshot victim Ballentine joins Giants rookies

New York Giants sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine joined his fellow

Gunshot victim Ballentine joins Giants rookies

New York Giants sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine joined his fellow rookies on Monday, two weeks after the cornerback was shot on the night he was drafted.

Ballentine is participating in meetings and classroom work with the other rookies while he continues his rehabilitation from his injuries.

He was shot in the backside on April 28 in an incident in Topeka, Kan., that claimed the life of Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons.

Ballentine missed New York’s rookie minicamp from May 3-5. The Giants had encouraged him to remain in Kansas to mourn the loss of his best friend, whose funeral took place on May 4.

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