Peter King reveals he once offered to resign from Sports Illustrated over Deflategate reporting error

On Wednesday, Peter King appeared on a podcast with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic to discuss his jump to NBC after 29 years at Sports Illustrated, as well as other subjects. And although King’s explanation for his departure mostly mirrored what he had previously offered (he was tired of the NFL grind and wanted to give other, younger writers a chance), he did drop in one fresh and fascinating tidbit.

Midway through the conversation (around the 35-minute mark), King casually mentioned the fact that he once offered to resign from Sports Illustrated after an erroneous report during the Deflategate scandal. In January 2015, King somewhat famously confirmed a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen saying that the footballs the Patriots used to beat the Colts in the AFC Championship Game had been significantly under-inflated. The report proved inaccurate and King soon apologized.

The subject came up this week when Deitsch asked King about the perception that he was too cozy with the league he covers. King rejected that premise but said he understands why people feel that way given that the two biggest reporting errors of his career both favored the NFL.

QB Roger Staubach: Captain America was at the helm when the Cowboys truly entered the national spotlight in the ’70s and earned their infamous America’s Team moniker. Staubach started four Super Bowls, helped win it twice, was Super Bowl VI’s MVP and came up just short to the legendary Steel Curtain Steelers twice. A Heisman Trophy winner at Navy, Staubach was renowned for his wholesome personality and ability to lead miracle comebacks, including a playoff win over the Vikings in 1975 that saw Hail Mary coined as a football term.

Reports said that allegations made against Irving were reported to police on April 22nd at two separate times — 5pm and 10pm — by his girlfriend and was being investigated on three allegations — assault bodily injury of a family member; assault family member impeding breath/ circulation and unlawful restraint.

Irving’s ex-girlfriendhacked his Twitter account and posted a number of allegations against him including that he beat her, and has smoked weed and done other illegal drugs while in the NFL’s substance abuse program, via the Dallas Morning News.colts_081

Jon Gruden excited for a wide receiver competition in Oakland

New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has dramatically changed the wide receiver position in Oakland, and he likes what he expects to see in training camp.

Switzer can help the offense and the special teams, and Gruden joked about the way his brother’s team got burned by Switzer.

“I liked Switzer a lot at North Carolina,” Gruden said. “He’s a fourth-round draft choice. He was Mitch Trubisky’s go-to guy. My brother doesn’t like Switzer. He took an 83-yard punt home against him last year. That’s what he can do.”

Amari Cooper‘s production declined significantly last year, with just 48 catches for 680 yards. The Raiders hope that Cooper can get back on track, and three new arrivals can give them one of the best wide receiver groups in football.

Thompson is healthy again, telling The Team 980 last week that his bone has healed.

“They’ve been able to see this past year, before my injuries, the things I’m able to do,” Thompson said.

Thus, Thompson is expected to continue getting his touches and play an important role for Alex Smith and the team’s offense.

“Chris Thompson is by far the guy that we need to be healthy to make this a great corps of running backs,” Washington vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said before the draft.

Would Browns trade Corey Coleman?

Since the team is scheduled to face four left-handed starting pitchers, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez could put up league-leading weekly numbers, with their success leading to a greater volume of runs/RBIs for the remainder of the lineup. Stack your Red Sox!
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Amazon, NFL renew Thursday night streaming deal worth $130M

After a successful season of online streaming, Amazon and the NFL have renewed a deal that will allow the company to continue streaming “Thursday Night Football” for the next two seasons.

According to ESPN, the contract is worth $65 million per year. The renewal comes at a 30 percent increase of the $50 million Amazon paid last year, and is significantly more than what Twitter paid for the 2016 season at $10 million.

OF Melky Cabrera, who signed a minor league deal with the Indians this week, would get a $1 million salary in the major leagues if added to the 40-man roster. He could earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $100,000 for 200, and $150,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500.

The majority of the 12,133 fans booed when the scoreboard said the Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick in the NFL draft.

Mariners RHP Erasmo Ramirez makes his second start of the season Friday after returning from a shoulder injury. He allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas last Sunday. Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber (3-1) pitched a six-hitter against the Mariners on opening day but lost 2-1 on Cruz’s two-run homer in the first inning.

In fact, a lot of these songs have a “I’ve made it” feel to them, such as Denzel Ward’s “Congratulations,” or Jaire Alexander going with “How Bout Now,” Rashaan Evans’ “Finally Rich,” and Josh Rosen’s “On Top.”

I’m surprised Lamar Jackson didn’t go with a Kodak Black song. Jackson shouted him out after a win during his time at Louisville as both of them are from Pompano Beach, Florida. But you can never go wrong with Future.

Brewers 1B Eric Thames went on the disabled list Wednesday after an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament in his left thumb. The slugger was hurt fielding a grounder on Tuesday night and left after the eighth inning. He’ll return to Milwaukee on Thursday to see team doctors and will likely have surgery soon. The Brewers hope to have him back in a couple of months.

Brewers: C Stephen Vogt (shoulder) left the club Wednesday for Arizona, where he will complete his throwing program in extended spring training. He could begin rehab games next week. … RHP Boone Logan (triceps) left for Double-A Biloxi to begin making rehab appearances.
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Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting.

The 24-year-old goalie turned aside every shot Minnesota could muster, shoving the Wild to the brink of elimination.

Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The Wild were livid about one in particular, when Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey delivered a vicious-looking cross-check to Eric Staal’s neck that knocked Minnesota’s leading scorer to the ice during a Wild power play that went unnoticed by the officials. Morrissey had an assist on Scheifele’s goal and also helped thwart a Wild breakaway later in the game, and a red-faced coach Bruce Boudreau said afterward that Morrissey should have been ejected.

They decided not to call it because we were already on the power play, Boudreau said. It cost us the game.

Francesa is working with the talent agency CAA. In the recent past, he has not had an agent. CAA has declined comment on Francesa.

The agency does have the ability to create small companies, so if Francesa wanted to do his own daily podcast, CAA would be well-positioned to make that happen. A source told The Post previously that Francesa wanted to do some events where he could be in front of his fans. Francesa could do some part-time TV work with some bigger entities, but his best medium has always been audio.

Francesa declined to re-enter the fray on the little dustup that occurred after he appeared on old partner Chris Russo’s High Heat show on MLB Network last week. He and Russo joked about who is going to be next out at WFAN. FAN morning host Boomer Esiason called it classless.

While Francesa won’t be on Esiason’s morning show anytime soon, Francesa did text with the producer of WABC’s Bernie & Sid in the Morning, Jill Vitale, to appear Monday, but since he doesn’t yet know what he is doing, he did not do the show.

That was a little misunderstanding, Francesa said.seahawks_127

Larry Fitzgerald bought a Mercedes for Bruce Arians after injuring him

Larry Fitzgerald is considered one of the good guys in the NFL, and he followed through on one heck of a demand after accidentally injuring Bruce Arians during a celebration.

None of them feel good, except for the ones that nick your jersey, he said. I’m going to say this one felt pretty bad, too.

After Harrison’s injury, the Pirates’ Ivan Nova hit J.B. Shuck in the hip later that same inning.

We’ve got each other’s back, Harrison said. You never want anybody to get hurt, but we’re family here.

The Pirates’ leadoff hitter, Harrison is batting .263 with one homer and five RBIs. He came into Sunday’s game leading the team with 12 runs.

The Sixers honored Greer before their playoff game against the Miami Heat on Monday night with a moment of silence. They are wearing a patch on their uniforms with Greer’s No. 15. He was the first Sixer to have his number retired.

Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and finished his career with a franchise-record 21,586 points. He’s also the 76ers’ career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.

Greer was the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

Greer was named to 10 straight All-Star Games and earned All-Star Game MVP honors in 1968. He earned a spot on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

He played at Marshall and was the 13th overall pick by the Nationals in the 1958 draft. Greer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

Comparisons are already off the charts with iconic pinstripe tandems. With the hulking Judge standing in the batter’s box and the chiseled Stanton on deck, you can almost picture Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris sitting in the Yankees dugout, waiting to see if their records fall.

Can Judge and Stanton both hit 60 home runs?steelers_014

Chris Hubbard says he’s ing right tackle for Browns

The Browns officially announced seven free agent signings on Thursday, including the addition of former Steelers offensive lineman Chris Hubbard.

Hubbard signed with the team around the same time that their longtime left tackle Joe Thomas announced his decision to retire from the NFL. Hubbard saw most of his recent time at right tackle in Pittsburgh, including 10 starts in place of Marcus Gilbert last season, but filled in at most spots during his time with the Steelers.

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Taylor went 22-20 as a starter in Buffalo, helping the Bills break their postseason drought in 2017.

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By openly questioning the team, perhaps Franois opened the door for his release.As far as team slogans go, the 1973 Mets’ rallying cry Ya Gotta Believe” may not rank with Knute Rockne’s Win one for the Gipper,” but it stood the test of time, lasting far longer than Reingold’s Ten Minute Head.Both of these areas proved problematic the Cup Final and contributed to their demise.We already went over Pagano, who should have been fired 2013 if not for the playoff win Cincinnati.He’s appeared one regular- game.

Wide receiver left the game late the first half with a concussion and caught only one pass, a 79-yard touchdown the second quarter that gave the Chiefs a 17 lead, their first double-digit advantage of the game.T Demar Dotson and the rest of the Bucs’ offensive linemen can help each other with cohesive play the finale I felt more comfortable than the first time, I think that I’m starting to get more comfortable, he said.The original said that agency could only refill 50 percent of positions when it was drafted, we wanted 75 percent Boswell said.49ers_200

The Arizona Cardinals have had an interesting start to free agency.

In the wake of Carson Palmer’s retirement, the Cardinals decided to double down on quarterback by signing Mike Glennon and Sam Bradford. Then the team also cut Tyrann Mathieu for financial reasons.

Although the Atlanta Falcons lost receiver Taylor Gabriel, they hit a big offensive line need by signing Brandon Fusco.

Adding something to the passing attack is a good idea, to say the least.Either a wideout or a tight end will do. Maybe they’ll go get a veteran like Mike Wallace in a cost-effective move or a gadget player similar to Tavon Austin.

Or they can go the tight-end route with a guy like Eric Ebron. He’s a big risk, given his career trajectory so far, but he or Martellus Bennett would be an upgrade over Austin Hooper. They would better space the Matt Ryan-led offense.

Scandrick requested his release from the team, sources said.

He will visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the first of what could be a number of trips, according to a source.

At the end of last season, Scandrick thought his time with the Cowboys was coming to an end, with the team using rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis at outside cornerback and safety Xavier Woods in the slot, as he dealt with a back injury.

The Cowboys also intend to move Byron Jones back to cornerback in 2018 after he started the past two seasons at safety.

Scandrick joined the Cowboys as a fifth-round pick in 2008 and outperformed their first-round pick from that year, Mike Jenkins.

He served as a slot corner his first five seasons, becoming one of the best interior defenders in the league.

He moved into a full starting role in 2013.
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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen frustrated with some teams’ lack of ambition

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw his name into the ring of baseball figures displeased with this offseason.

This year’s free agent class was slow moving, and a number of high-profile names remain unsigned with the season less than a month away. Jansen, like others, believes there is an effort problem among MLB teams.

MLB agent Scott Boras voiced his concern about the current state of baseball earlier this year when J.D. Martinez, Yu Darvish and Eric Hosmer were still unsigned well into the winter.

Jansen feels his team is among the ones aggressively trying to win the World Series on a consistent basis. Los Angeles lost the Fall Classic this past season to the Astros.

The Dodgers have already made moves this offseason to potentially spend big next offseason when an impressive list of names, including Manny Machado, hits free agency.

“The Dodgers are all about winning championships,” Jansen said. “They say, ‘Go get the trophy. Win for our city.’”

“Well, we’re going to keep an eye on Stro, see how he’s doing,” Gibbons said (via the Toronto Sun). “We don’t think it’s a big deal but we’ve got to make sure that he’s ready. Then of course with Tulo. I don’t expect he’ll be ready (for the start of the regular season), but he’s moving in the right direction, so who knows?”

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins has since said, however, Stroman is not being ruled out for opening day.

“I think it’s not out of the realm that it could be the first or the 10th start (of the season),” Atkins said Friday, per the Toronto Sun. “We’ll know much over the next 10 days.

Stroman went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 2017 and has thrown more than 200 innings each of the last two years, while Tulowitzki struggled last season with just seven home runs and 26 RBIs with a .249/.300/.378 slash line in 66 games. seahawks_013_c5868b240e7eb338-180x180

Watch Facebook Live video of LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball (plus coach LaVar) in Lithuania for Big Baller Brand Challenge

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball led BC Vytautus to a 151-120 win over BC Jonava in the fifth game of the Big Baller Brand Challenge in Lithuania on Sunday with their father, LaVar, serving as head coach.

Yes, LaVar was suited up and ready to go. Why wouldn’t this happen?

Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc-Dubois each had a goal and two assists, and Zach Werenski and Ian Cole also scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of two straight and four of their last six.

“A lot of times this year, I think, (Korpisalo) went in and he was playing well but we weren’t playing our best hockey,” Dubois said. “For him to play so good tonight and to get that win, I know everybody in here is happy for him.”

Rookie Terrance Ferguson could jump into the starting lineup, but he’s only 19 years old, doesn’t possess Roberson’s tenacity on defense and fails to stretch the floor with his shooting. At 6-7, 230 pounds, Josh Huestis offers size and athleticism, though the shooting problem remains. Alex Abrines is solid from 3-point range (38.2 percent), but Donovan has been forced to sit him because of his defensive deficiencies. Patrick Patterson? Jerami Grant? They just can’t replicate Roberson’s skill set. (UPDATE: Donovan says Ferguson will start at shooting guard, per Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript.)

“It was nice to have one finally go in. It was one of those ones where you aren’t thinking and just shoot it as hard as you can and it finds a way in just inside the post.”

Jason Demers, Christian Dvorak and Niklas Hjalmarsson replied for the Coyotes, whose two-game winning streak ended.

“I think we’re pretty resilient group and it’s good to know that if we’re down, we can always come back,” Dvorak said.lions_084

NBA trade rumors: Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad asks for trade

Shabazz Muhammad hoped to factor into the Timberwolves’ plans this season, but after seeing his minutes fall off substantially, he wants out.

According to ESPN, Muhammad has asked Minnesota to either release or trade him prior to the Feb. 8 deadline.

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“It’s been so many stories about me in the last few months and the last few days about where I’m going and where I’m at and what place I’m in,” he told reporters. “I’m here, I’m right here, I’m right now and this is my present and this is where I’m at. If you don’t hear something come from my voice then it’s not true. I don’t give a damn how close they are. … If it’s not from me, it’s not true.”

His profile and contract status make for intriguing fodder, but, he says, “please, for the rest of the season, don’t ask me about nothing else, no other team, unless we’re competing against them the next night.”

Watch James’ Friday media availability below:

That’s presumably not what the Rangers had mind when Profar had the look of a future superstar at shortstop a few years ago, but that does not matter the grand scheme of things.: It was disappointing because you want to think you’re coming into a team to make them better and they had a better record last year, I take that personally.Eventually, though, the league’s general managers have to make a decision on each player.It’s unlikely that we’re ever going to 25 or 30 people attend the annual event.Woodruff speaks with Sen.

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