Im in front at Corales Puntacana

Im in front at Corales Puntacana

Sungjae Im, shooting to earn a spot in the Masters, holds the lead at the midway point of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The South Korean shot a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to sit one stroke on top of the field at 10-under 134 after the second round at the Corales Golf Club.

George McNeill (7 under on Friday), Jonathan Byrd (5 under), Australia’s Aaron Baddeley (5 under) and Ireland’s Paul Dunne (3 under) share second place at 9 under. Sweden’s Jonas Blixt (7 under) is alone in sixth place at 8 under.

Im, who is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 59, would make the Masters if he climbs into the top 50 after the tournament. He will celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday.

His round started poorly with a double bogey on his second hole, the par-3 No. 11, but he responded with four birdies in the next five holes. On the front nine, he also bogeyed his second hole, the par-3 No. 2, before birdieing four of the next six holes.

Baddeley’s round included a stretch of five consecutive birdies.

“Everything’s calm, it’s relaxed here,” Baddeley said. “Very laid back. Also the wind, the conditions, I grew up playing in the wind in Australia, so to just be out there, using the wind, hitting different shots, holding it against the wind … things like that.”

Baddeley was 50/50 before deciding to play in the alternate-field event, which is running concurrently with the World Golf Championships-Dell Technology Match Play.

“With my status this year being 126-150 (in FedEx Cup from last season), my wife and I were talking about it, and it was just like, ‘Hey, I could have a month off after this,'” he said. “So it was like well, if I’m in, I’ve got to play. I heard great things about the event last year, a lot of guys really liked the golf course. I think it was a good decision.”

At the other end of the scoreboard, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL broadcaster Tony Romo missed the cut after shooting 8-over 80 on Friday. He wound up 15 over par for two rounds, better than just one player who posted an official score for both days, George Riley of the Dominican Republic, who ended up at 18 over.

After a poor start Friday, Romo was just 1 over through his final 10 holes.

“Game came around on the back nine, started to feel comfortable really at the end of the front (nine) and then just kept it going,” he said, according to the PGA Tour’s website. “Then one of those things where I putted terrible throughout the week, and you feel like you can hit the ball for really good stretches but you get nothing out of it, and it cost me over two days.”

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Falcons assistant GM Pioli resigns

Falcons assistant GM Pioli resigns

Scott Pioli resigned Thursday after five years

Falcons assistant GM Pioli resigns

Scott Pioli resigned Thursday after five years as assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons.

Pioli’s seat at the personnel table had been under discussion for months, and a restructuring under general manager Thomas Dimitroff was expected.

Pioli, who has 26 years in NFL personnel evaluation under his belt, and Dimitroff have been friends for decades after meeting in Cleveland. Dimitroff’s father was a scout for Bill Belichick’s staff, which included Pioli.

“After careful consideration and ongoing dialogue with Thomas over the past year I have decided to step away from my position as the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons to pursue other potential opportunities,” Pioli said. “I want to thank both (owner) Arthur (Blank) and Thomas for bringing my family and I here in 2014.”

Dimitroff worked on the Browns’ grounds crew, but with bonds formed with Belichick and Pioli, he would rise to the position of Patriots’ director of college scouting as the Belichick-Pioli team began building a dynasty in New England. Pioli left the Patriots to be a first-time general manager with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Dimitroff headed to Atlanta.

After a brief foray into media, Pioli followed Dimitroff to Atlanta.

The Falcons did not announce a new personnel structure, but Dimitroff said options are under consideration.

“Over the last five years Scott has not only provided tremendous value to me, but to the entire Falcons organization. He is a dear friend and will be missed within our organization. We are continuing to assess the structure within our organization and move forward with our next steps,” Dimitroff said.

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Report: Ravens bringing back LB McPhee

Report: Ravens bringing back LB McPhee

The Ravens reportedly reached a one-year deal Thursday to bring

Report: Ravens bringing back LB McPhee

The Ravens reportedly reached a one-year deal Thursday to bring free agent linebacker Pernell McPhee back to Baltimore.

After three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2015-17) and one with the Washington Redskins (2018), McPhee returns to the organization he called home from 2011-14.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the deal, but no financial details were released.

McPhee, 30, has 31 career sacks, 94 quarterback hits, 197 tackles and six forced fumbles in 109 games.

The Ravens’ 2011 fifth-round pick posted a career-high 7.5 sacks in his final season in Baltimore in 2014.

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Bengals sign top draft picks Williams, Sample

Bengals sign top draft picks Williams, Sample

First-round draft

Bengals sign top draft picks Williams, Sample

First-round draft pick Jonah Williams and second-round selection Drew Sample signed their rookie contracts Thursday with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Both players signed four-year deals, and Williams’ contract contains a team option for a fifth year. Financial terms were not announced.

The No. 11 overall selection, Williams, an offensive tackle, played 44 games for the Crimson Tide and was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2018.

Sample, a 6-foot-5 tight end, played four seasons at Washington and caught 46 passes for 487 yards and five touchdowns. The No. 52 overall selection, Sample caught 25 passes for 252 yards and three scores in his senior season.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt, selected in the third round, and quarterback Ryan Finley, a fourth-round pick, are the only players among the Bengals’ 10 draftees to remain unsigned. Both played at North Carolina State.

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Cardinals CB Peterson gets six-game PED ban

Cardinals CB Peterson gets six-game PED ban

Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona

Cardinals CB Peterson gets six-game PED ban

Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended for the first six games of 2019 for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Details of the violation have not been released, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peterson has dropped his appeal. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the length of the suspension — compared to the typical four-game punishment for a PED violation — is because the violation involved a masking agent.

“Definitely sorry for what broke out today,” Peterson told reporters before an event at his foundation in the Phoenix area on Thursday night.

“But I think you guys understand my character and also understand my commitment on and off the field and also to my teammates and also to the Arizona Cardinals organization. That’s why this is very, very hard for me, because, obviously, I have never been in this situation before and never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this. …

“I’m looking forward to getting back in Week 7 … trying to keep that smile on my face and getting back to being the best DB in the league.”

Peterson, 28, has never missed a start since the Cardinals drafted him in the first round (fifth overall) in 2011, making the Pro Bowl all eight seasons and earning first-team All-Pro honors three times. The Pro Bowl streak will now end, with Peterson ineligible due to the violation.

“Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are now aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents.”

Peterson would be eligible to return for the Oct. 20 road game against the New York Giants.

In 128 games, Peterson has registered 387 tackles, 23 interceptions, 76 passes defensed and 12 fumble recoveries.

Peterson asked for a trade last October, but rescinded the request and later confirmed his commitment to the Cardinals.

“I just want to apologize to everybody for asking for that trade in the middle of the season,” Peterson said while competing in a golf tournament in Phoenix in January. “I’m here to stay, baby.”

However, reports earlier this offseason said Peterson’s relationship with the team has become strained, and Rapoport reported Thursday that the suspension has further complicated things.

Peterson, who did not participate in Arizona’s voluntary workouts last month, signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Cardinals in 2014 and was due to make a base salary of $11 million in 2019. The suspension will cost Peterson $3.88 million.

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Tiger rests as agent denies illness rumors

Tiger rests as agent denies illness rumors

Tiger Woods skipped his final practice

Tiger rests as agent denies illness rumors

Tiger Woods skipped his final practice round Wednesday, deciding to rest rather than play another nine holes ahead of Thursday’s start of the 101st PGA Championship.

Woods, who has not played a competitive round since winning the Masters last month, has played only nine holes this week. He opted to focus primarily on practicing around the course, although his agent noted that Woods also played the course last week.

“He’s all good, just getting some rest,” agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN in shooting down rumors that Woods may be dealing with an illness. “Saw the course last week, all is good.”

Woods’ yacht was docked in Oyster Bay more than two weeks ago, and the golfer arrived in Farmingdale, N.Y. last week. The 2002 U.S. Open champion at Bethpage Black also knows the course well.

The 43-year-old Woods indicated during his Tuesday press conference that managing energy over four days on the course measuring nearly 7,500 yards will be critical.

“There’s definitely going to be a component to stamina this week as the week goes on,” Woods said. “Four days over a tough championship that is mentally and physically taxing takes its toll.”

Woods won his 15th major championship last month and is currently three away from Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record.

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Colts sign QB Chad Kelly

Colts sign QB Chad Kelly

Quarterback Chad Kelly will get

Colts sign QB Chad Kelly

Quarterback Chad Kelly will get another chance in the NFL.

Kelly, 25, signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. He last played for the Denver Broncos and was released in October 2018 on the heels of an arrest for criminal trespass.

Englewood (Colo.) Police Department said a man had entered a residence on South Lincoln Street shortly after 1 a.m. An occupant at the residence chased the man out, and a search ensued. Kelly had been attending a Halloween party at teammate Von Miller’s house prior to the late-night incident.

At the time, he was the Broncos’ No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum.

Kelly has no guarantee to be more than a training camp arm. The Colts are locked into their top two quarterbacks, Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett, and Phillip Walker is currently listed behind them on the depth chart.

Myriad off-field issues caused Kelly to be drafted much later than his talent might have suggested. The final pick in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kelly ran into disciplinary issues at Clemson. He was dismissed from Clemson in April 2014 for conduct detrimental to the program.

In December 2014, he was arrested following an altercation outside a bar in Buffalo, N.Y., and avoided criminal charges after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and being ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

He finished his college career at Mississippi.

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Colts QB Luck (calf strain) misses start of OTAs

Colts QB Luck (calf strain) misses start of OTAs

Colts QB Luck (calf strain) misses start of OTAs

Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck sat out the first day of organized team activities Tuesday due to a minor calf strain.

The injury isn’t considered serious, and the Colts are likely just being cautious with the 29-year-old franchise quarterback.

Luck was named the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after completing a career-best 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns and leading the Colts to a playoff berth.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft sat out the entire 2017 season following surgery on his right shoulder.

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Bills extend DE Hughes through 2021

Bills extend DE Hughes through 2021

Bills extend DE Hughes through 2021

The Buffalo Bills signed defensive end Jerry Hughes to two-year extension on Tuesday, putting the team’s longest tenured player under contract through 2021.

According to ESPN, Hughes’ extension is worth up to $23 million with $19.5 million guaranteed.

Hughes, who turns 31 in August, was set to make $7.5 million in 2019, the final year of a five-year, $45 million extension signed in March of 2015.

“Honestly, it feels good to have an organization, an owner, a head coach and a GM who really believes in you,” Hughes told reporters at a press conference. “It’s really exciting for me to be back in this building, with the team, with the guys so we can build this relationship early.”

The nine-year veteran has spent the last six seasons in Buffalo, totaling 42 sacks, 63 tackles for loss, 12 forced fumbles and 90 quarterback hits while playing in all 96 games (80 starts). He had seven sacks, 13 TFLs, three forced fumbles and 18 QB hits last season, all his best marks since 2014, with the TFL total tying a career high.

A former first-round pick (31st overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Hughes was acquired by the Bills for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in 2013, after he had just five sacks through his first three seasons in Indy.

In addition, the Bills announced former center Eric Wood, who retired after the 2017 season, would be joining the radio broadcast and content teams in 2019.

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Reports: Bills extend DE Hughes through 2021

Reports: Bills extend DE Hughes through 2021

Reports: Bills extend DE Hughes through 2021

The Buffalo Bills agreed to a contract extension with defensive end Jerry Hughes, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday, putting him under contract through 2021.

According to ESPN, Hughes’ extension is worth up to $23 million with $19.5 million guaranteed.

Hughes, who turns 31 in August, was set to make $7.5 million in 2019, the final year of a five-year, $45 million extension signed in March of 2015.

The nine-year veteran has spent the last six seasons in Buffalo, totaling 42 sacks, 63 tackles for loss, 12 forced fumbles and 90 quarterback hits while playing in all 96 games (80 starts). He had seven sacks, 13 TFLs, three forced fumbles and 18 QB hits last season, all his best marks since 2014, with the TFL total tying a career high.

A former first-round pick (31st overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Hughes was acquired by the Bills for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in 2013, after he had just five sacks through his first three seasons in Indy.

In addition, the Bills announced former center Eric Wood would be joining the radio broadcast and content teams in 2019.

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Report: Patriots OT Veldheer retiring

Report: Patriots OT Veldheer retiring

Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer has informed the

Report: Patriots OT Veldheer retiring

Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer has informed the New England Patriots he plans to retire, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Veldheer, who turns 32 in June, joined the Patriots just two weeks ago as a free agent, signing a reported one-year, $3.5 million deal worth up to $6.5 million with incentives.

A nine-year veteran, Veldheer started 12 games at right tackle for the Denver Broncos last season after being acquired via trade, allowing just one sack but committing seven penalties.

He spent the previous four years with the Arizona Cardinals, playing primarily left tackle before moving to the right side in 2017. A third-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Veldheer made 113 career starts in 118 games, with the majority at left tackle.

Isaiah Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick, was expected to get the first shot at starting on Tom Brady’s blind side after incumbent left tackle Trent Brown left for the Raiders in free agency. Wynn is recovering from a torn Achilles sustained in August.

New England also lost swing tackle LaAdrian Waddle to the Buffalo Bills in free agency.

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Patriots OT Veldheer retiring after nine seasons

Patriots OT Veldheer retiring after nine seasons

The New England Patriots placed

Patriots OT Veldheer retiring after nine seasons

The New England Patriots placed recently signed offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on the reserve/retired list Tuesday.

ESPN reported earlier in the day Veldheer informed the team he planned to retire.

Veldheer, who turns 32 in June, joined the Patriots on May 13 as a free agent, signing a reported one-year, $3.5 million deal worth up to $6.5 million with incentives.

A nine-year veteran, Veldheer started 12 games at right tackle for the Denver Broncos last season after being acquired via trade, allowing just one sack but committing seven penalties.

He spent the previous four years with the Arizona Cardinals, playing primarily left tackle before moving to the right side in 2017. A third-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Veldheer made 113 career starts in 118 games, with the majority at left tackle.

Isaiah Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick, was expected to get the first shot at starting on Tom Brady’s blind side after incumbent left tackle Trent Brown left for the Raiders in free agency. Wynn is recovering from a torn Achilles sustained in August.

New England also lost swing tackle LaAdrian Waddle to the Buffalo Bills in free agency.

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Reports: DT Suh finalizing deal with Bucs

Reports: DT Suh finalizing deal with Bucs

The Tampa

Reports: DT Suh finalizing deal with Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a one-year contract with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

Reports of the Bucs’ interest in Suh emerged on Monday, but head coach Bruce Arians was cagey when asked about the subject earlier Tuesday, telling reporters, “I can’t talk about him, he’s not on my team.”

Reminded that Suh was a free agent, Arians added, “He’s a hell of a player, so we’ll see.”

The deal comes a day after the team “mutually parted ways” with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who, coincidentally, was chosen one pick after Suh in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Suh, 32, had 4.5 sacks and 19 quarterback hits for the Los Angeles Rams last season, starting all 16 games for the eighth time in nine seasons since he was drafted second overall in 2010. He has never missed a game to injury, with the only absence of his career due to a two-game suspension in 2011.

Suh has 56 career sacks and 166 QB hits in 142 games, earning five Pro Bowl nods and three first-team All-Pro selections. Just one of those honors has come since 2014, when he made the Pro Bowl with the Miami Dolphins in 2016.

A member of the final draft class before the new CBA, Suh has made $138.7 million in his career, the second-most of any active non-quarterback behind Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald ($163.3 million), who entered the league in 2004. He earned $14 million on a one-year deal with the Rams last season.

Terms on Suh’s deal with the Buccaneers have not yet been reported.

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Steelers’ Roethlisberger: ‘I lacked in leadership’ in 2018

Steelers' Roethlisberger: 'I lacked in leadership' in 2018

As the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2019 organized

Steelers’ Roethlisberger: ‘I lacked in leadership’ in 2018

As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 organized team activities got underway on Tuesday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger pinned the team’s 2018 struggles on himself.

“I lacked in leadership,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “Because that’s my job as the leader of this team, to get us to the playoffs. I’m gonna need to focus and refocus my energy and time on, how can I be a better leader to get us back to the playoffs?”

The comments came a day after Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate, KDKA, he probably went “too far” in making critical comments about wide receiver Antonio Brown after a loss at Denver last year. Brown had a falling out with the team, demanded a trade this offseason and was dealt to the Oakland Raiders.

“I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments … and especially towards him,” Roethlisberger told KDKA. “I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry.”

On Tuesday, the 37-year-old spoke further about Brown, who responded Monday to the quarterback’s interview with KDKA by tweeting only, “Two face.” The QB said he wasn’t sure why the pair’s relationship deteriorated last year and added that he didn’t get a chance to repair it.

“I never really saw any of it coming,” Roethlisberger said. “I would have loved to have had the chance to talk to him. That’s why I said yesterday, whatever I did to offend him, I apologize for it. I tried to do that in person, talk to him. He wouldn’t allow me to.”

Roethlisberger also said Tuesday he is emphasizing his connections with his current teammates, as this group looks to build toward a better season.

“You just have to focus on the guys that are here and make sure they are good,” he said. “Everyone I’ve talked to is good with me. … We’ve been attacked from all angles this year, this offseason. We just need to stick together and have each other’s backs.”

The Steelers finished 9-6-1 in 2018, missing the postseason for the first time since 2013. They haven’t had a losing season since 2003.

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Bosa pulls hamstring, 49ers RBs still hurting

Bosa pulls hamstring, 49ers RBs still hurting

San Francisco 49ers top pick

Bosa pulls hamstring, 49ers RBs still hurting

San Francisco 49ers top pick Nick Bosa left practice early on Tuesday, sustaining a hamstring during a pass-rushing drill and sitting out the remainder of workouts.

With the 49ers in their second day of a three-day week of organized team activities, Bosa did some 11-on-11 work, as well, before the injury forced the defensive end to limp off to the sidelines.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters afterward that the team does not yet know the severity of the injury, which happened while Bosa was working with the second-team defense, but Bosa remained out on the sidelines through the end of practice.

Bosa, 21, was selected second overall in April. He played in only three games as junior last season at Ohio State, suffering a core muscle injury in September and sitting out the remainder of the season to recover and prepare for the draft.

Shanahan also gave injury updates on his running backs, a position group with three players currently out.

Matt Breida suffered a slightly torn pectoral muscle during offseason lifting, Raheem Mostert had his fractured arm re-set because it was not healing properly, and Jerick McKinnon, coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of last season, is running lightly. All three are expected back for training camp, however.

On the bright side, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — also coming back from a torn ACL, his suffered in Week 3 last season — threw passes during 7-on-7 drills while wearing a knee brace. He won’t be cleared for full team drills until camp, Shanahan said.

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Seahawks’ Wagner not practicing while seeking new deal

Seahawks' Wagner not practicing while seeking new deal

Seahawks’ Wagner not practicing while seeking new deal

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is present at organized team activities but will not practice, as he seeks an extension from the team entering the final year of his contract.

“It’s a tricky situation,” Wagner told reporters Tuesday, adding that he wanted to attend as a leader of the defense. “This is a business. You get hurt, they’re going to cut you. So you’ve got to be mindful of that. … Y’all know I’m fresh enough, going to be in shape.”

Wagner, who turns 29 in June, is due $11.4 million in 2019, the final season of a four-year, $43 million deal. He said Tuesday he intends to set a new benchmark for salary among off-ball linebackers, after C.J. Mosely joined the New York Jets on a five-year, $85 million contract in free agency in March.

“That’s the plan, to break that,” said Wagner, who is serving as his own agent and said the sides have had communication and have a plan for the negotiation.

Head coach Pete Carroll sounded pleased with how Wagner has handled the situation, and said that talks have gone well.

“Bobby’s been great,” Carroll said. “Everything’s going to come together in time. Everything’s in order, and we’re in order of what we want to do, and it feels very comfortable and very amicable and all of that. So everything’s going just right.”

Wagner has reached five straight Pro Bowls and had four first-team All-Pro nods, including in each of the last three seasons. He racked up 138 tackles (six for loss), 11 passes defensed, one interception (returned for a touchdown), one sack and eight quarterback hits in 15 games last season.

He hopes to reach an agreement before the season but reiterated that he’s prepared for this to be his final season in Seattle, if necessary.

The seven-year veteran has 916 tackles (51 for loss), 41 passes defensed, nine interceptions, 16.5 sacks and 60 QB hits in 103 career games since the Seahawks drafted him in the second round in 2012.

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OTAs notebook: Jags’ Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

OTAs notebook: Jags' Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

Cornerback

OTAs notebook: Jags’ Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey remains absent from Jacksonville Jaguars offseason workouts, but defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was present on Tuesday after missing workouts earlier this spring.

Ngakoue, 24, is entering a contract year — in which he’ll make $2.025 million — after totaling 29.5 sacks through three seasons. The former third-round pick said he’ll continue to participate as he seeks a new deal.

“Of course, I’m going to play,” he said. “I love the game. I’m in God’s hands at the end of the day. I’ve been playing this game my whole life and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Ramsey is not expected to attend until the team’s mandatory minicamp is held from June 11-13. He is working out on his own and has said he will be with the team and “ready when it’s time.”

–Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is present at OTAs but will not practice, as he seeks an extension from the team entering the final year of his contract.

“It’s a tricky situation,” Wagner told reporters, adding that he wanted to attend as a leader of the defense. “This is a business. You get hurt, they’re going to cut you.”

Wagner, who turns 29 in June, is due $11.4 million in 2019, the final season of a four-year, $43 million deal. He said he intends to set a new benchmark for salary among off-ball linebackers, after C.J. Mosley joined the New York Jets on a five-year, $85 million contract in free agency in March.

–As expected, Houston Texans franchise-tagged outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney did not show for OTAs.

Clowney, who has yet to sign his $15.967 million tender, is not expected to attend even for mandatory minicamp absent a long-term extension, which the sides have until July 1 to work out.

“I have every belief and trust that JD is working on his own and getting ready for whenever he does decide to show up.,” head coach Bill O’Brien said.

–Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is absent from OTAs, as expected.

Jones, who turns 25 in July, has been absent all offseason while seeking a new deal. He is due $1.2 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie deal.

Jones racked up 15.5 sacks and 29 QB hits last season, ranking third and fifth, respectively, in the NFL.

–Wideout Antonio Brown was not present for the start of Oakland Raiders OTAs.

Head coach Jon Gruden did not offer a reason for Brown’s absence but did not sound concerned.

“Hopefully we’ll see him here in the next couple of days,” Gruden said. “He’s been working extremely hard learning our offense, and really excited to get him out here.”

–Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison were absent from OTAs, amid reports that both are interested in new contracts.

Slay, 28, has two years left on a four-year, $48.2 million extension signed in July of 2016. He is due $13 million in 2019 and $10.5 million in 2020, with cap figures of $15.9 million and $13.4 million, respectively.

Harrison, 30, was acquired for a conditional fifth-round pick from the New York Giants in October and also has two years remaining on his deal. He is due $7 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020.

–Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was absent from OTAs, amid reports he is seeking a new deal.

Jenkins, 31, is due $8.4 million in 2019 and $7.9 million in 2020 before his contract expires. The safety market jumped considerably this offseason, with four players reaching at least $13.75 million annually.

“It is a voluntary program, and Malcolm is one of those guys, leader of the football team, and not concerned with him,” head coach Doug Pederson said.

–Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones is absent from OTAs as he seeks a trade, ESPN reports.

The team was expected to move Jones, 24, to linebacker after signing Adrian Amos in free agency and drafting Darnell Savage in the first round last month, but Jones is reportedly not on board with the switch.

A 2017 second-round pick, Jones is under contract through 2020. He has started 12 of 29 games through two seasons, making 96 tackles and breaking up seven passes.

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NFL notebook: Patriots extend Edelman through 2021

NFL notebook: Patriots extend Edelman through 2021

NFL notebook: Patriots extend Edelman through 2021

The Patriots finalized a two-year extension worth $21 million to perhaps keep Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman in New England for his entire career.

According to multiple reports, the extension includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed.

The 32-year-old wide receiver’s contract was set to expire after the 2019 season. He signed a two-year, $11 million deal in June 2017.

Since the Patriots drafted him in the seventh round in 2009, Edelman has played in 115 regular-season games and tallied 499 receptions for 5,390 yards and 30 touchdowns. In 18 postseason games, he has won three Super Bowl rings and caught 115 passes for 1,412 yards and five scores.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a one-year contract with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, multiple media outlets reported.

The deal comes a day after the team “mutually parted ways” with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who, coincidentally, was chosen one pick after Suh in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Bucs also claimed former New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett off waivers, after he was waived Monday.

–As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 organized team activities got underway, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger pinned the team’s 2018 struggles on himself.

“I lacked in leadership,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “Because that’s my job as the leader of this team, to get us to the playoffs. I’m gonna need to focus and refocus my energy and time on, how can I be a better leader to get us back to the playoffs?”

The comments came a day after Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate, KDKA, he probably went “too far” in making critical comments about wide receiver Antonio Brown last year.

–Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck sat out the first day of organized team activities due to a minor calf strain.

The injury isn’t considered serious, and the Colts are likely just being cautious with the 29-year-old franchise quarterback.

–The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, according to an Uproxx report.

The league is expected to officially announce the news, and potentially the hosts of other future drafts, on Wednesday, as owners hold spring meetings in Florida this week.

Cleveland, Kansas City and Denver were among the finalists for recent drafts that were awarded to Nashville (2019) and Las Vegas (2020).

–San Francisco 49ers top pick Nick Bosa tweaked his hamstring and sat out the rest of practice.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters the severity is unclear, but Bosa remained on the sidelines through the end of practice.

–The Buffalo Bills signed defensive end Jerry Hughes to two-year extension, putting the team’s longest-tenured player under contract through 2021.

According to ESPN, Hughes’ extension is worth up to $23 million with $19.5 million guaranteed. Hughes, who turns 31 in August, was set to make $7.5 million in 2019.

–Bills tight end Tyler Kroft suffered a broken right foot Monday and will require surgery, which reportedly brings with it a three-to-four month recovery.

Four other offseason acquisitions are also sidelined: Wide receiver Cole Beasley and center Mitch Morse are recovering from core muscle surgeries, while running backs Frank Gore (foot, ankle) and T.J. Yeldon (groin) are also out.

–Running back Senorise Perry is the first Bills player to wear No. 32 since O.J. Simpson in 1977.

Perry, 27, told The Athletic he was surprised that the disgraced Hall of Famer’s number was an option.

–The Patriots placed recently signed offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on the reserve/retired list.

Veldheer, who turns 32 in June, joined the Patriots on May 13 as a free agent, signing a reported one-year, $3.5 million deal worth up to $6.5 million with incentives.

–Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson had offseason foot/ankle surgery and is in a walking boot, NFL Network reported. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready for training camp.

Tight end Delanie Walker participated in individual drills and told reporters he’s “in the 85-percent range” as he recovers from a September ankle injury that required surgery.

–Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed will be out until training camp as he recovers from sports hernia surgery, head coach Pete Carroll said.

Reed was originally given a four-to-six week timeline for the surgery, which happened in late April.

–The New Orleans Saints signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Wes Horton and waived linebacker Darrell Williams.

Horton, 29, has seven sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 32 games (eight starts) over the past two seasons.

–The Jets signed wideout Deonte Thompson and waived wideout Xavier Ubosi.

Thompson, 30, caught 17 passes for 167 yards in 13 games between the Bills and Cowboys last season.

–After considering retirement, linebacker Gerald Hodges intends to keep playing, ESPN reported, noting he is “drawing interest from several teams.”

Hodges, 28, had 55 tackles in 16 games for the Cardinals last season.

–Field Level Media

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Report: 2021 NFL Draft awarded to Cleveland

Report: 2021 NFL Draft awarded to Cleveland

The 2021 NFL Draft

Report: 2021 NFL Draft awarded to Cleveland

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, according to an Uproxx report on Tuesday.

The league is expected to officially announce the news, and potentially the hosts of other future drafts, on Wednesday, as owners hold spring meetings in Florida this week.

Cleveland, Kansas City and Denver were among the finalists for recent drafts that were awarded to Nashville (2019) and Las Vegas (2020). Multiple outlets reported Tuesday that Denver is not expected to be awarded a future draft this week.

“We’re confident in our city and our proposal, and feel Cleveland has a great chance at securing this event,” David Gilbert, president of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, told Cleveland.com in a statement earlier Tuesday.

The draft began moving around the country in 2015, being held in Chicago for two years before going to Philadelphia (2017), Dallas (2018) and then Nashville last month. Before that, the draft was held annually in New York City from 1965-2014.

–Field Level Media

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Koepka holds on for second straight PGA championship

Koepka holds on for second straight PGA championship

Koepka holds on for second straight PGA championship

Brooks Koepka withstood a shaky back-nine stretch and held on to win the PGA Championship for the second year in a row Sunday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Koepka’s lead shrunk to one stroke on hard-charging Dustin Johnson before steadying himself for what became a 4-over-par 74 final round.

His 8-under 270 total was good enough for a two-shot edge on Johnson, who shot 69 on Sunday.

Koepka has won a major championship in three consecutive years and has four total major titles.

After three days of Koepka appearing to be in an invincible position, there were signs of drama approaching when the gap on the field dipped to four shots.

Johnson played the front nine in 32, cutting the margin to four strokes on Koepka. The advantage fluctuated until it was at one shot after Koepka’s consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Amid that, Johnson posted a birdie at No. 15. Moments after Koepka’s bogey streak reached four holes, Johnson gave a stroke back with a bogey at No. 16 and then another on the next hole, when he missed the green on the par-3 17th. Johnson saved par on the final hole while playing out of a bunker.

Koepka bogeyed the first hole Sunday, and then appeared to be in total control until the 11th.

Nobody has ever led by as many as seven shots entering the final round of a major and failed to win. Koepka was up by six strokes with eight holes to play.

Jordan Spieth (71), Patrick Cantlay (71) and England’s Mike Wallace (72) all were at 2 under to tie for third place. Luke List (74) was alone in sixth place at 1 under.

Harold Varner III, who was Koepka’s playing partner in the final pairing, birdied the first hole in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory. He soon tumbled out of contention, shooting an 11-over 81 on the final day.

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one at No. 17. His shot bounced once and then into the cup. It was the only ace of the tournament.

–Field Level Media

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Bills TE Kroft breaks foot on first day of OTAs

Bills TE Kroft breaks foot on first day of OTAs

Bills TE Kroft breaks foot on first day of OTAs

Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft suffered a broken right foot Monday on the first day of offseason training activities and will require surgery.

Head coach Sean McDermott confirmed the injury Tuesday. The expected recovery time is 3-4 months and Kroft could miss the start of the regular season, NFL Media reported.

Kroft, 26, was expected to start for Buffalo this season after signing a three-year, $18.75 million contract in March.

Kroft’s 2018 campaign ended with a similar injury. He was placed on injured reserve in November after having surgery to repair his fractured right foot.

A third-round pick of the Bengals in 2015, Kroft played in 51 games over four seasons with the Bengals and caught 67 passes for 661 yards and eight touchdowns.

Four other offseason acquisitions are also on the sidelines at OTAs.

Wide receiver Cole Beasley and center Mitch Morse are recovering from recent core muscle surgeries, while 36-year-old running back Frank Gore is out with foot and ankle injuries and running back T.J. Yeldon is dealing with a groin injury.

–Field Level Media

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