Texans owner Bob McNair doesn’t expect “any surprises” Tuesday in Steelers minority owner David Tepper getting the required 24 votes from the 32 NFL owners for approval to purchase the Panthers.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Monday that the NFL has been planning for expanded legal sports betting but wants Congress to “enact uniform standards” for the states.
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The NFL determined that the Lions were not at fault for not learning about Matt Patricia’s 1996 arrest during the interview process and that the coach would not be disciplined for not letting his arrest be known to the club.
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By Pete Prisco (CBS Sports)- One of the best things about a coming NFL season is trying to figure out which players are ready to take a big step forward. Usually, it’s players who seemed to figure it out in the second half of the previous season. They might have honed a technique or learned new moves or figured out the speed of the game, which means less thinking and more reacting. I have listed 10 players below who I think are ready to take major steps forward in 2018. The list features players entering their second or third seasons who all showed future Pro Bowl potential in 2017. My list features two edge rushers, two corners, two safeties, one offensive tackle, one linebacker, a tight end and a receiver. I didn’t include any quarterbacks, such as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes or Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, because they are too obvious. Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Takkarist McKinley, DE, Falcons After a slow start, he came on strong in the second half to finish with six sacks, including five in the final seven games. He also had two in the playoffs, one in each game. That shows he figured out the nuances of being an NFL edge rusher. It’s clear on tape how much more comfortable he was in the second half of the season. McKinley has the speed to be a dominant player, but he’s also solid against the run. Vic Beasley led the NFL in sacks in 2016, but McKinley will be the Falcons’ best pass rusher in 2018 – and one of the best in the league. George Kittle, TE, 49ers As a rookie, Kittle caught 43 passes for 515 yards (yards-per-catch average of 12.0) with two touchdowns. But he flashed star potential at times, including in Week 17 when he had four catches for 100 yards against the Rams, with one catch going for 44 yards. Kittle saw his snap counts dwindle a bit down the stretch for some reason in 2017, but I expect him to be the primary pass-catching tight end this season for the 49ers. My guess at his numbers: 64 catches, 770 yards and seven touchdowns. Marcus Williams, S, Saints You might remember him as being the player who had that horrible whiff on a tackle against Stefon Diggs in the NFC playoffs loss to the Vikings. While that play will hover over his career, a deeper look will show a player who can cover a lot of ground and has a chance to be one of those outstanding rangy players in the deep middle. He started 15 games as a rookie in 2017 and had four picks. In a secondary that includes Pro Bowl corner Marshon Lattimore, this could be the year that he starts to get the same acclaim. Williams is much more than a player who missed an important tackle. Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Myles Jack, LB, Jaguars As a rookie, Jack was a positionless player. He started at strong-side linebacker, but played inside in the Jaguars’ nickel packages and played only a quarter of the team’s snaps. Last season, he was moved to middle linebacker on a full-time basis and stayed on the field for 97 percent of the team’s snaps. It took Jack a bit to adjust to playing in the middle, but as the season moved along he became much more comfortable. In the playoffs he was outstanding and gave a hint of what will come in 2018. Jack is fast, tough, can cover against the pass and improved his instincts as the season moved along. He had a tendency to overrun plays early in the season, but that changed in the postseason. He will be a dominant sideline-to-sideline player in 2018. Dion Dawkins, T, Bills With Cordy Glenn bothered by foot and ankle injuries most of last season, Dawkins started 11 games as a rookie at left tackle. Dawkins did a nice job in protection and was especially good in the run game, which led to the Bills trading Glenn to the Bengals in the spring. Dawkins’ ability to move players off the ball helped LeSean McCoy run through big holes. Dawkins also improved in pass protection the more he played. He did have a few rough spots, but he has the look of a player who will be a longtime starter. Shaquill Griffin, CB, Seahawks Richard Sherman is gone, which means it’s Griffin’s time to take over as the top corner in Seattle. Griffin started 11 games as a rookie and did a really nice job in coverage. With another season under his belt, he will be even better as the team’s top corner. He’s a good tackler, as well, which is a must in Seattle’s scheme for the corners. His brother, Shaquem, will get most of the attention after being drafted by the Seahawks last month, but Shaquill is the brother to watch on the field this season. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Adrian Colbert, S, 49ers Colbert is a player that other coaches kept mentioning to me late last season as a potential big-time starter. He came on strong for the 49ers last season as a 2017 seventh-round pick. Colbert’s big-hitting ability showed up in the run game – his nickname is “The Punisher” – but he also has the ability to play well in coverage. With Colbert’s emergence after Jimmie Ward went down with an injury, the plan now is to give Ward some reps at corner this year. That speaks volumes about a seventh-round rookie. Keep an eye on this thumper out of the University of Miami. Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers Godwin had 34 catches for 525 yards and a touchdown last season, but he wasn’t used as much as he will be this season. With Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson ahead of him, and the Bucs having two quality tight ends, Godwin won’t have great receiving numbers, but he has a chance to get to 60 catches with seven or eight touchdowns. With Jackson getting older – and with a fat contract – Godwin could be positioned to take over opposite Evans in 2019. He will get many more targets this year than he did as a rookie, when he played fewer snaps than Adam Humphries as the team’s third receiver. Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images Derek Barnett, DE, Eagles With Vinny Curry now in Tampa, look for Barnett to get more reps than he did as a rookie in 2017. Barnett had five sacks last season, including two games with two sacks. He also had the fumble recovery late against the Patriots to lock up the Super Bowl victory. The Eagles signed Michael Bennett as a free agent, and he will likely start at end with Brandon Graham. But Bennett will kick inside on third down, which will give Barnett a lot of one-on-one situations on passing downs. Look for him to get to at least 10 sacks this season – and maybe a lot more. William Jackson, CB, Bengals The Bengals have spent a lot of draft collateral on corners over the years, and it looks like they’ve hit on another. Jackson missed his entire rookie season in 2016 with a torn pectoral muscle and then didn’t open 2017 as a starter. But he started the final five games, and had two impressive outings against Steelers receiver Antonio Brown that opened a lot of eyes to just how good he could be. Look for Jackson’s ability to lock down top receivers to be a big part of Cincinnati’s defense this season. I can’t wait to see him against Brown again. Their first meeting is Oct.14 at Cincinnati, and they’ll meet again in Pittsburgh in Week 17.
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The NFL wants draft weekend to take on the personality of the host city, and Nashville can’t wait to show off its honky-tonks, sports bars and more.
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Veteran receiver Vincent Jackson, who sat out the 2017 season after a 12-year NFL career, is “very happily retired,” his agent told ESPN.
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David Johnson. Carson Wentz. Odell Beckham Jr. Who will have the greatest impact on every team’s season? NFL Nation reporters make their picks.
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By Chuck Carroll Normally, the biggest news week of the year for professional wrestling is the seven days leading up to WrestleMania. That’s when headlines speculating on what surprises are in store for the show are splashed across the internet. Meanwhile, WWE’s reach extends well outside of the internet wrestling community, as the company’s highest profile stars take over sports networks, the New York Stock Exchange, and dominate headlines in mainstream media. Even the economic impact of WWE is covered by major news outlets and trade publications around the world. For that week, the WWE brand is inescapable and whatever stigma still surrounds pro wrestling fades away. Here we are almost two months later, and every one of those headlines pales in comparison to what happened this week. In the span of four days, the landscape of wrestling has been completely reshaped. WWE is on the cusp of a major television shakeup while a former wrestler is getting revenge in shocking fashion. And as icing on the cake, Ronda Rousey is getting her first title shot in the squared circle. WWE Reportedly Shopping SmackDown Don’t expect Monday Night Raw to go anywhere. But the Tuesday night sister-show, SmackDown , is another story. Record profits are spurring WWE stock to record heights. But it’s not just quarterly reports that have investors flocking to the Stamford, Connecticut-based company. Despite steady viewership challenges across almost all live sports, television rights fees for major professional leagues are reaching astronomical levels. The NFL’s Thursday Night Football package recently sold for $550 million per season for the next five years. UFC has experienced steep declines, but is well on the way to more than doubling its current income for broadcast rights. All of this bodes very well for WWE, which is expected to cash in on the recent trend in a big way. The anticipation of such a windfall alone is part of the formula that’s been driving stock prices to never-before-seen levels. And it appears the speculation is going to pay off for investors. WWE is closing in on a deal to keep RAW at its current TV home, according to The Hollywood Reporter . When the ink is dry on the contract, WWE could see its television rights fees for the flagship show as much as triple. However, in an unexpected move, the rights to SmackDown are up for sale. It’s unclear what a network shift will mean for SmackDown ’s ratings. However, it does mean that WWE will receive a positive economic influx on top of the huge boost it’s receiving from RAW . According to the report, WWE is currently being paid $30 million for the Tuesday show. It is widely expected that any new deal will exceed that amount. Although WWE’s current broadcast deal doesn’t expire until the end of September 2019, the executives have been working for months to secure the future of the shows. The company expects to announce the television rights deals by this fall. WWE did not respond to a request for comment. > > MORE: Pro Wrestling Coverage Cody Rhodes (Photo Credit: Harry Aaron) The Revenge of Rhodes Cody Rhodes felt as though he was WWE’s garbage prior to asking for his release. The two-time Intercontinental Champion and six-time tag team champion had seen his stock plummet in 2016. Relegated to the role of Stardust, Rhodes found himself losing an increasing number of matches, carrying zero momentum, and didn’t see his fortunes turning around in the company at any point in the future. Unwilling to continue on as a low to mid-card character, he asked for and was granted his release. And that’s when it all changed for Rhodes. Over the next two years, he shattered the ceiling for former WWE talents now carving out a career for themselves on the independents. He put no limitations on himself and quickly became one of the hottest wrestling commodities in the world. His stock reached unprecedented heights, and he did it his way and on his own. His involvement in Bullet Club, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling have been well documented. He crisscrossed the globe many times over, building a name and reputation for himself that now rivals his legendary father, Dusty Rhodes. Everything he did over the last 48 months culminated in an earth-shattering moment last Sunday. > > MORE: Cody Rhodes Still Doesn’t Regret Leaving WWE Rhodes, along with his Bullet Club brethren and real-life friends, Nick and Matt Jackson (aka The Young Bucks), managed to pull off what was unthinkable. Their self-promoted show, All In, sold out the Sears Centre in Chicago in less an hour. About 170 seats were sold per minute until all of the 10,000 that were available were gone. To put that into perspective, WWE is averaging 5,300 fans for North American shows so far this year, excluding WrestleMania. The card is stacked with the largest attractions outside of WWE auspices, including Kenny Omega. After it was announced that CM Punk would be holding an autograph signing that weekend, rumors began swirling that he will be involved in the show. If true, it would mark Punk’s first appearance in a wrestling ring since unceremoniously exiting WWE in 2014. The wrestler turned UFC fighter has been locked in a bitter dispute with WWE since his departure and is fighting a $1 million defamation lawsuit filed against him by the promotion’s doctor. Having Punk on the show would be considered a major coup for Rhodes and the Jacksons. All In is a fitting name for the show. The three Bullet Club members pooled their money to self-finance everything, essentially going “all in” with their bank accounts. To generate a larger buzz and ensure a solid return on investment, a major four-day expo known as Starrcast is also expected to draw large crowds. It’s akin to WWE Axxess, which occurs prior the company’s biggest pay-per-view shows of the year. Like WWE’s version, Starrcast allows fans to shake hands with the legendary names in the business. But Rhodes and The Young Bucks took the idea a step further by adding live podcast tapings, Q&A sessions, and a boxing-style press conference with weigh-ins — seldom seen in wrestling — to the schedule. And like the main show, the hotel where the multi-day event is being held is also sold out. WWE hasn’t seen this level of competition since its bruising battle with World Championship Wrestling during the Monday Night Wars era of the late 90s. But what should make the company nervous is the fact that a former talent is spearheading the show. Rhodes has proven that talents don’t need to be chained to the largest promotion in the business to earn a living. They are able to break free and thrive on their own without the support of “the machine.” While the success of All In may not lead to a major full-time promotion to rival WWE, it will serve as a blue print that will be used again in the future. Maybe it will be a 20,000 seat arena that sells out next time. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s nearly four times as many fans that file in to watch RAW live each week. And if you think WWE isn’t paying attention, you’d be sadly mistaken. Chuck Carroll is a former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality who now interviews the biggest names in wrestling. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room. Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC .
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The album cover looks like him and the voice – even while rapping … as the NFL's best running back, has a secret new career as a rap musician ?
On the day the Supreme Court struck down a landmark law prohibiting gambling on sports, the NFL said Monday that it wants Congress to enact legislation on legalized sports betting.
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A law professor is taking up the appeal of the man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight.
SEATTLE (CBSLA/AP) — Chuck Knox, the veteran NFL coach who led the Seattle Seahawks for nine years and took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games, has died. He was 86. Knox died Saturday evening, the Seahawks confirmed Sunday. Knox went 186-147-1 during 22 seasons as an NFL head coach, including two stints with the Rams. He won five straight NFC West titles from 1973-77, and he returned in 1992 for the franchise’s final three seasons in Los Angeles before its move to St. Louis. The Rams issued the following statement upon the passing of Knox: “We are saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, a legendary coach and member of the Los Angeles Rams family. He established a winning culture and a legacy that will never be forgotten, being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons. The memories and accomplishments that Coach Knox left behind will continue to inspire us and Rams fans. We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” The Pennsylvania native left the Rams in 1978 for the Buffalo Bills. After five seasons, he took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game. (TM and © Copyright 2018 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)