Bucs releasing guard J.R. Sweezy Jersey

The Buccaneers aren’t going to spend any more time waiting for J.R. Sweezy to get healthy.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Bucs are releasing the veteran guard.

Of course, it’s entirely possible (if not probable) that the league cut the suspension in half simply as part of the effort to make a deal with Winston, pursuant to which he wouldn’t file an internal appeal (or external litigation) and he would in turn control the messaging, in an effort to best conceal the details as to what he did and, in turn, to prevent a #MeToo firestorm that could result in the Buccaneers having no choice but to part ways with him.

So where is the letter that the league sent to Winston explaining the basis for the punishment? You know, the multi-page letter outlining everything he did wrong, signed by an NFL executive?

Then, there’s Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who traveled to Haiti on a humanitarian trip for the second consecutive summer.

The Dareus Foundation donated $125,000 to fund a three-classroom building, which Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy will name after him.

It is one thing to give money to something and hope for the best; it is quite something else to witness your efforts and see the gratitude and thankfulness of not just the children, but the whole community, for doing what you’re doing, Dareus said, via John Reid of the Jacksonville Times-Union. To receive their blessings and hear their words of appreciation directly was something I could have never imagined several years ago. Their gratitude and happiness was overwhelming and showed me that what I am doing is going to have a tremendous impact on their lives.″

Keyshawn Johnson says there’s something wrong mentally with Jameis Winston

As the Court of Big Shield continues to ponder the fate of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the court of public opinion continues to issue verdicts, one pundit and/or former player at a time.

Even though every team wants to win, it’s more important to attract and retain customers. If Winston ever becomes radioactive from a P.R. standpoint, no amount of winning will matter. And the fact that there hasn’t been all that much winning on his watch won’t help him.

Again, Burress might have been remembering his own situation. In 2008, he was coming off an ankle injury, and wanted to sign a new deal before the season to offer himself some protection. He skipped offseason practices, but showed up at training camp and mostly rode a stationary bike until just before the start of the season, when the five-year deal came.

It became about the (other) guys, Burress said. You try to handle your business as you should. I’m really close with a lot of the guys I played with. We were coming off a championship. Sitting down talking with those guys was like, ‘It’s not about them. It’s about us.’ We had a great team back then. Hopefully, those same thoughts go through (Odell’s) mind and he’s able to make the decision to show up and perform.

I hope that he doesn’t let that affect him going into training camp. I say just go pay the guy so they can put all that behind them and everybody goes into a season with a tremendous focus of winning another championship.

Do you think Phil Murphy is stalling to sign the bill to legalize sports betting?

Governor Phil Murphy said Friday he doesn’t have a timetable for when he’ll sign a bill authorizing legal sports betting in New Jersey, but he insisted he’s not sitting on it.

Boston is set at shortstop with Xander Bogaerts. But the Red Sox are getting uneven production from 21-year-old Rafael Devers at third.

Whoemever trades for Machado will be getting a short-term rental, since he’s scheduled to become a free agent after the 2018 season.

Yanks, Sox chasing ‘elite’ reliever?

Both he and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper could be looking at free agent deals approaching $400 million, especially if deep-pocket teams like the Yankees and Phillies are interested.

Although Aaron Judge was homering a little more frequently as a rookie last season and Gary Sanchez’s sophomore season was almost as good as his first, the 2017 Yankees were a lot more inconsistent than this year’s club.

The fate of New Jersey sports betting is now in Murphy’s hands after both houses of the state Legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass the bill, which would regulate and tax such wagering online and in person at the Garden State’s casinos and racetracks.

Do you think Phil Murphy is sitting on it when it comes to legalizing sports betting?

Phones must be set to silent or vibrate and may only be used for texting/emailing if players are not in position nearby. Phone calls are only permitted in designated areas of the course.

Wi-Fi Zones: The USGA provides complimentary Wi-Fi in the FanZone, which is located to the right of the 17th green and left of the 12th hole. In addition, Wi-Fi will be available in grandstands throughout the grounds.

How Saquon Barkley reacted to seeing my dumb Tweet

Barkley’s rare combination of speed and strength made him a viral sensation at Penn State, both on the field and in the weight room. It followed him to the NFL Combine, where he put together one of the all-time best all-around showcases in front of scouts.

When Barkley threw out the first pitch at a Yankee Stadium after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Giants, photos of his quad muscles circulated social media. Giants teammate Odell Beckham popularized the nickname Saquads, which appears to be sticking.

Barkley wore a jersey with Saquads on the back during the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game to benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.

Mater Dei (New Monmouth, N.J.) rising junior Clarence Lewis showed up for the second half of the East Coast Elite Camp and earned an offer due to his length (6-0, 180), long arms, athletic frame, and testing results. Lewis participated in a few one-on-ones, as well. Rutgers becomes the second school to offer, following Virginia Tech, which offered over a week ago at a camp at Monmouth. And Monday, Kent State became the third schoool to offer, as it had its entire staff on site for the camp.

NJ Advance Media caught up with Lewis at the event prior to his workout, and he was pumped for the opportunity to compete. Ultimately, he did what he showed up to do, leading to he and his mom being walked to their car by head coach Chris Ash following the event, and being extended an offer.

I didn’t do enough in spring training to kind of push them into putting me on the team, LeBlanc said. It’s as simple as that. Their evaluation in spring training was spot on. I wasn’t very good. So anybody that’s saying that the Yankees missed on somebody… all they had to go off of was what they saw in spring training.

Still, just two days later after being let go by the Yanks, LeBlanc signed a guaranteed one-year, $650,000 deal for a second stint with another of his former clubs, as the Mariners were looking for a veteran reliever after losing righty David Phelps for the season in March with a torn UCL.

You go where you think the opportunity is best, and if it’s not, you kind of audible out and see what else is out there, said LeBlanc, a 33-year-old from Louisiana.

No one, not even LeBlanc, imagined what would happen next.

His season got off to a poor start, as he pitched to a 4.61 ERA over five April relief outings for Seattle, then he went on the best roll of his career after replacing injured righty Erasmo Ramirez in the rotation on May 3.

Rays ace Blake Snell ties AL strikeout record

The Rays may have found a new ace.

Blake Snell tied an American League record Sunday in an outing against the Mariners by striking out the first seven batters he faced. Snell matched the mark set by former White Sox pitcher Joe Cowley of the White Sox from 1986, and was matched by Carlos Rodon in 2016.

With Graham and Willson gone, Nick Vannett is the best remaining option. Ed Dickson was signed from the Panthers, and Will Dissly was drafted. Although Dickson has proved he can do well catching passes in a pinch, he and Dislsly will be blockers for the most part.

Vannett has some untapped receiving upside Schottenheimer will try to find. But in the quest to replace Graham’s double-digit touchdowns, it’s more about Marshall, who scored a career-high 14 times just a few seasons ago.

The Astros took an early lead on a two-RBI double by Jose Altuve in the first inning and plated two runs in the fifth to double their lead to 4-0.

Kansas City scored twice in the bottom of that frame. But catcher Max Stassi blasted a three-run homer one inning later to help the Astros pull away.

Dallas Keuchel picked up the win for the Astros after he allowed two runs, none earned, in six innings on the mound. Royals starter Danny Duffy pitched six innings and surrendered seven runs, six earned.

Bruce Rondon allowed two hits and one run while recording just a single out in the White Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Tigers. He also walked two batters.

Angels reliever Noe Ramirez surrendered three runs in his one inning on the mound against the Athletics. He picked up his third loss of the season in a 6-4 defeat.

Chargers contact Antonio Gates about possible reunion

The Chargers took the first step toward a possible reunion with Antonio Gates, contacting the tight end’s representation.

Well, yes, but mostly no. Arrested players — on all NFL teams — are overwhelmingly well-paid adults who attended colleges on full scholarships.

That’s not a nationwide problem, that’s an NFL problem, the kind that makes civilized fans want to take off, or at least take a knee.

Perhaps Michael Kay, during his Yankees radio days, was irreversibly inculcated by John Sterling’s hysterical, all-the-same and often dead-wrong home run calls. But TV is a different animal — unless you’re one to ignore what you see to believe what you’re told.

Wednesday on YES, the Nationals’ Juan Soto hit a what-the-heck new Yankee Stadium-ridiculous home run. It was an opposite field pop-up, a former can of corn that nonetheless cleared the wall in left by less than not much.

I’ve always crossed that bridge when it happened, Suggs said, via the Baltimore Sun. I’ve never been one to jump into that topic before it was time. So I’m not going to worry about it now. There’s something more important that’s at stake right now.

With both sides apparently in no hurry to end a long working relationship, there wouldn’t seem to be much reason to worry about hammering out another deal even if it doesn’t happen before the calendar flips to 2019.

Conway appeared on CNN, where she was asked about the brouhaha following Trump’s disinviting the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles to the White House.

Host John Berman asked her to comment about whether Trump had indeed been demanding that NFL players express their patriotism.

The problem with the president of the United States, and the commander of cheese – chief – expressing that opinion is what? Conway said.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark) milked the flub on Twitter for all it’s worth.

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II is facing a multitude of serious legal charges after being arrested for the second time in less than a week.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Winslow was taken into custody on Thursday, just hours after the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department put out a warrant for his arrest. Although authorities didn’t offer any details on the case, we do know that Winslow has been hit with a total of nine charges, including two counts of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape and two counts of forcible rape.

Although Winslow spent 10 seasons in the NFL, the 34-year-old never lived up to the hype that came with being the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Winslow’s biggest season came in 2007, when earned a Pro Bowl berth with the Browns after catching 82 passes for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. During his 10-year career, Winslow played for the Browns (2004-08), Buccaneers (2009-11), Patriots (2012) and Jets (2013). Winslow is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, who spent nine seasons with the Chargers before retiring in 1987.

That was John Daly’s reasoning when he pulled a similar stunt at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, saying it was his response to poor pin positions.

He was talking to the scoring official and said, ‘Whatever I get, I get. Just tell me what it is,’ said Connor Buff, the standard bearer on the course, as he stood next to the 18th green.

He had a +17 next to Mickelson’s score, but admitted that he didn’t know if it should be a +18. Andrew Beef Johnston, his playing partner, seemed like he was in a state of giddy disbelief for the final five holes.

Oh, the golf nerds might have held it against him for a while, but the rest of the world would have laughed it off. So why did Mickelson have to pretend he was the smartest man in the room?

I played Augusta National. It did not go well

NFL rumors: Cowboys need to re-sign Dez Bryant, says Deion Sanders

The clock is ticking for former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was released almost two months ago.

NFL teams are deep into OTA and minicamp schedules, with July training camps fast approaching.

As it stands, Gronkowski the horse has 12-1 odds in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, giving him the seventh-best odds in the field of nine. Justify leads the pack at 4-5 odds. Despite the long-shot probability of Gronk’s horse winding up in the winner’s circle, he has reason to believe. Deep down, Gronk the person just knows that the stars are aligned for Gronk the horse.

Not only were the early odds 69–1, his favorite number because of its secondary meaning, but the race is run on June 9 (6/9), a date he’s dubbed the Official Gronk National Holiday. I can’t even explain that coincidence, he laughs. It’s just wild. With that in mind, it should be a pretty nice day at the track regardless of where the horse finishes in the race.

The first number that stood out: Drew Brees is just 1,496 passing yards shy of breaking Peyton Manning’s career record (71,940). He’ll get that, easy.

Second: Kicker Adam Vinatieri needs only 58 points to pass Morten Andersen (2,544 career points) as the career scoring leader. Vinatieri will get that easily as well.

Third: Perhaps the greatest potential player on the verge of moving up the record books is also one of the classiest guys in all of sports, Larry Fitzgerald. He can move into second place all-time in receptions (he needs 92 to pass Tony Gonzalez’s 1,325) and receiving yards (390 to pass Terrell Owens’ 15,934).

Fitzgerald is the most intriguing because he will make people reevaluate who the top three receivers of all time are. I sometimes shift, but generally my list is Jerry Rice, Owens and Randy Moss. Fitzgerald might force his way onto there, though.

Matthews described his intro to TB12 thusly: Hi. Shook hands. Let’s go to work.

For an early June practice, Brady looked rather fresh. He bounced around between plays. Threw with zip. Connected on more deep throws than he missed.

Tom looked great,Rob Gronkowski assessed. He’s never going to look bad. He’s always looking good.

After working Justify at Churchill Downs, Baffert sees no reason the horse he joked was his backupto McKinzie on this Triple Crown trail could make the distance at the Belmont.

We’re quietly optimistic that we can hopefully do it again, Baffert said. But I’m like I’m a realist. I don’t believe it until I see it. Right now we just stay focused and get him up there and keep him happy.

Pete Zayas From Lakers Film Room – whose credentials have been tweeted out on t he main Lakers account – said on the Under the Buss Podcast, he was told by four sources LeBron James is going to be a Laker this summer:

I have had four different sources in the entertainment industry, none of them been basketball people… LeBron is coming [to the Lakers with Paul George] he has had to put X, Y, and Z in motion from a marketing standpoint.

James to the Lakers has long been hot rumor throughout this season, as many expect him to leave Cleveland as soon as the season comes to an end.

Although the Lakers do not have much talent on the roster currently, if James were to head to Los Angeles along with Paul George, as the report suggests, that would change quickly.

Even with James and George, however, it is hard to see the Lakers competing in a very tough Western Conference, and they would be a clear step below both the Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

In addition to the Lakers, there has been speculation that James could leave the Cavaliers for either the Sixers or the Rockets.

With free agency set to begin on July 1, we should soon have our answer.

2 Devils prospects to play in 2018 Memorial Cup

Two Devils prospects will be participating among the final four teams in the 2018 Memorial Cup, which will determine the winner of the CHL playoffs starting on Friday.

Defenseman Colby Sissons and the Swift Current Broncos reached the Memorial Cup after winning the WHL playoffs.

Forward Marian Studenic and the Hamilton Bulldogs also made the final four after being crowned champions of the OHL.

Frazier tinkered with his approach in the offseason, hoping to reduce a hitch in his swing that slowed bat speed that general manager Brian Cashman called “legendary” when the team acquired him in a trade with the Indians for reliever Andrew Miller at the 2016 deadline.

On May 7, against the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, Frazier said he wanted to do something that would make him more athletic in the box.

So he started rocking back and forth, trying to sync his hands with his front leg. His goal, he said, is to time his leg kick’s apex with his bat wave when the head of the bat is pointing toward the pitcher.

Devils coach John Hynes  elected to start Keith Kinkaid over Schneider in the first two games of the opening round against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the team’s first playoff appearance since 2011. Schneider relieved Kinkaid in Game 2 of the series  before starting the next three in a 4-1 series loss to the Lightning.

Earlier this month,  Schneider underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip.

Schneider has made over $33 million in his nine-year NHL career,  according to Spotrac.com. He and his wife have two young children.

Dez Bryant to the Packers/Saints? “I think the Packers could be in play, but I know this for a fact — they like some of their younger receivers. Rodgers could handle him though,” Prisco said. “Brees could handle him as well. Dez Bryant’s one of those guys who wants the football, when he doesn’t get it, he’s going to be angry about it, so you need a strong-willed quarterback to handle him. “I still think Seattle could be in play on him and could make a lot of sense to me.”