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.

Watch: Hue Jackson keeps promise, jumps into Lake Erie after Browns go 0-16

Browns coach Hue Jackson kept true to his promise.

Coming off a 2016 season when Cleveland went 1-15, Jackson told reporters there was no way they would have that bad of a record again.

I carry them and their families and this city with me contrary to what anybody believes. It’s on me. I wear it every day. So I just thank them for being a part of this because they didn’t have to do this. They didn’t have to come here and support this. I made the statement, and they said, ‘No, I want to do this,’ and I’m thankful.

He is progressing with his life and recovery. I’m enjoying doing that in privacy, he said. That is all I was calling to say.

He would not answer any questions about his recovery, about being impersonated or what he has been up to since 2012, but that when I get to that point, I will call you. Harrison’s wife, Michelle, also confirmed the account was not theirs.

The account that posed as Harrison posted at least two messages on Saturday; one read No one can measure your WILL! #inspireothers and another appeared to be an inspirational video. It’s not clear who was in the video.

Two days after the messages — which went viral, including stories on multiple outlets — former NFL receiver Greg Jennings, who has known Harrison since their days together in their hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, posted a message saying the account was false.

The account was deleted the same day and reappeared Wednesday posing as Vernon Gholston with the handle (@Gholston50). A message left for Gholston, a former NFL defensive end, was not immediately returned.

That account was then deleted Thursday and again reappeared, this time with the handle @CharlesRogers80 — presumably impersonating another former NFL player, Charles Rogers. All three players who have been impersonated by the account went to high school in Michigan.

Report: Mets consider demoting OF Conforto

The Mets are considering sending to the minors to help the slumping outfielder regain his swing, according to the New York Post.

On the disabled list since May 14 because of a strained right hip flexor, the oft-injured slugger hit two doubles Saturday in his second rehab game for Double-A Binghamton but was removed early with tightness in his right quadriceps.

Same stuff he’s been battling. It’s not a total setback to day one but still not feeling the way he would like it to feel to come up here and contribute, Callaway said.

Callaway said Cespedes’ first hit Saturday was a stand-up double, but on the second one, the slugger had to run a little harder to make sure he made it to second, and that’s when he felt discomfort again.

He feels like he’s not quite ready, so we’re going to send him to Florida to kind of start that day-to-day process of getting him where he needs to be, Callaway said.

Max Muncy went 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run homer off Sean Newcomb and is now hitting .272/.395/.616 with 12 home runs.

Seems the best-hitting team in the big leagues can win with pitching and defense, too.

Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. each delivered a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, and the Boston Red Sox limited the Baltimore Orioles to five hits in a 2-0 victory Monday night.

Though the Red Sox lead the majors in runs and batting average, they managed only four hits through 11 scoreless innings in this one.

Sometimes we’re going to go through stuff like this, throughout the season, manager Alex Cora said. But the pitching did outstanding, we played great defense and we ended up winning.

Goldschmidt homered twice in each of the first two games against the Rockies. He was 8 of 13 with four home runs and nine RBI in the three-game sweep.

Jones said whichever team signs Bryant will be getting a motivated player.

You know at the [NFL owners] meetings I have had different conversations about him, Jones said. At the Competition Committee meeting, some of the coaches there speak to it. I’m sure other coaches have called our coaches and wanted input on him. The greatest thing about Dez is he is a fierce competitor. I think he is now more driven and more competitive than he has ever been. We wish him nothing but the best.

And hey, if RG3 continues to impress the Ravens’ coaching staff while mentoring Jackson, perhaps he can find second life in the NFL as a backup quarterback. Robert Griffin in the quarterback room has been excellent — pro’s pro in every way,Ravens coach said. We do our early morning coach workouts, and he’s down there always working extra. He’s just a pro’s pro. I love every way he handles himself and I think you saw out there in practice that he practiced well.

At the time Adams tweeted that, he might’ve been right. The number of retweets has continued to climb, though.

On NBA.com, a replica LeBron James jersey is priced at $74.99. Multiply that by the 300,000 people who have retweeted so far and that’s a cool $22.5 million.

But Randall didn’t specify what kind of jersey he’d buy

If the Cavs win, Randall’s best chance at actually paying up and not squelching on the bet is to be creative. Randall told everyone he’d buy them a jersey — he didn’t promise that it’d be a nice one.

On NFLShop.com there are some truly awful Browns memorabilia up for sale. Randall could save a lot if he goes digging through the graveyard of Cleveland past to scoop up Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Peyton Hillis, and Colt McCoy jerseys.

Congratulations, Eli Manning. 

The New York Jets haven’t won a division crown since 2002 and haven’t been to a Super Bowl since winning it in 1968. A big reason why? Just five Jets quarterbacks have made Pro Bowls in the last 40 years, and their recent efforts to find an answer under center have all failed.

Can he help franchise quarterback Derek Carr bounce back from a down year? Gruden didn’t have much success late in his tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he hasn’t worked with a signal-caller like Carr since the days of Rich Gannon. This Raiders team has a lot of top-end talent and is two seasons removed from a 12 wins.

The Steelers offered no hints on what the “new’ uniform might look like, but we do know it’s a throwback, which means we can probably take a few guesses here, since there are only so many options that they can throwback to.  One thing we do know is that Steelers won’t be wearing their bumblebee uniform, which is should be pleasing news out there to anyone who loathes horizontal stripes. For years, the bumblebee uniform divided the internet: Everyone seemed to love or hate the team’s 1934 uniform, with no in-between.  You can see the bumblebee uniform below.  The Steelers are probably not bringing back their bumblebee uniform.

Much has been made of the lack of pass protection, which continues to be a concern considering the sorry state of Seattle’s offensive line. But renewed backfield balance would go a long way toward taking pressure off Wilson; the Seahawks running game ranked in the bottom 10 in each of the last two seasons.

Enter first-round pick Rashaad Penny, who is coming off a monster senior season (2,383 scrimmage yards, 25 touchdowns) at San Diego State and appears to have the experience, patience, vision and talent to play a major role from the get-go.