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.”

Former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray shot and killed in home

Former Green Bay Packers defensive end Carlos Gray was shot to death in his home in Pinson, Ala. Monday night, according to Carol Robinson of AL.com.

In last season’s finale, he suffered a fractured fibula that kept him from participating in the NFL Combine. He did later get workouts with several NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions.

It’s a little detour route, said Roback, who has good size for a pro quarterback — at 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds — as well as excellent arm strength and above-average mobility.

Obviously, things didn’t go the way I anticipated, but that’s kind of how my story’s been.

I’m more than grateful for the Browns organization for taking this risk.

The team announced on Monday that they have waived six players, including running back Matt Jones. Jones was claimed off of waivers last September and ran the ball five times for 14 yards in five regular season appearances. He ran 243 times for 950 yards and six touchdowns for Washington in 2015 and 2016, but was benched halfway through the latter season.

Linebacker Jermaine Grace, nose tackle Joey Mbu and linebacker Darnell Sankey were also waived after seeing time for the Colts last season. Wide receiver Justice Liggins and defensive end Arthur Miley have not seen any regular season action and will be looking for it somewhere other than Indianapolis.

The final move was to waive defensive tackle Jonathan Calvin with an injury designation. He was on the Colts practice squad last year and will revert to injured reserve if he goes unclaimed.

He reports to the Browns on Sunday, and will take his physical Monday.

I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they made the right decision, Roback said.

Why ‘quarterback guy’ Ernie Accorsi thinks Saquon Barkley is ‘ideal pick’ for Giants

When stumped Giants general manager Dave Gettleman couldn’t think of an apt comparison for rookie running back Saquon Barkley, he passed the buck to his former boss Ernie Accorsi.

So what does Accorsi think of Barkley, who the Giants chose with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft?

The best running back I’ve seen come out of college in 20 years, the former Giants general manager said on the Talk of Fame Network podcast. I told Dave, ‘If you don’t pick Barkley, it’s a good thing the draft is in Dallas. Because if it were in Radio City (Music Hall), you’re going to get booed.’

Glasgow showed he had long-term potential at guard in 2017, ranking as the No. 20 player at the position, according to Pro Football Focus. He also proved his toughness and durability during his second season as the only Lions’ offensive lineman to play every offensive snap.

I’m just going to say it’s tough, but I’m focusing on trying to do that again in this year, Glasgow said.

Vazquez led off the top of the third inning by slicing a line drive over first and down the line. Judge cut off the ball before it reached the wall, then saw Vazquez trying to extend his hit.

The Yankees right fielder calmly tossed a laser to second base, directly to the glove of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who didn’t need to move it to tag Vazquez.

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino applauded the throw, then struck out the next two batters in order to preserve the Yankees’ 1-0 lead.

Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hit a rocket into the lower seats in left field for a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Yankees an early lead. Stanton added another solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Yankees up 2-0. It marked Stanton’s third multi-home run game of the season.

Severino struck out six and allowed three hits over his first four innings of work.