Two former Lions employees sue team and league for discrimination

At a time when the NFL is wrestling with a collection of legal claims arising from a unique issue like protests during the national anthem, the Lions and the NFL are dealing with a more conventional legal challenge.

The comments from Warner make it clear that, since retiring, he’d been toying with unretiring. And while the door apparently is now finally closed (unless it isn’t), the fact that Warner admits to thinking about coming back so long after quitting — and at a Blandian age of 46 — is a stunner.

While Warner may now regret the fact that he blurted it out, he said what he said, and it’s definitely news, slow news day or otherwise.

Zolak suggests that there continues to be lingering frustration and confusion arising from the Malcolm Butler benching. Zolak also addresses the question of whether a new contract would make Brady feel more appreciated than he currently does.

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Yanagi, 58, is Japanese by descent. Richardson, 52, is African-American.

Richardson contends that he complained to the team’s human resources department in December 2017, claiming that he was the subject of “racist comments by an employee in the Detroit Lions scouting department and disparate treatment by an employee” of the operations department.

“There were comments made about both of my clients in regards to their race,” attorney Angela Mannarino told Birkett. “It was commonplace for comments to be made of that nature and that’s why Michael went to H.R. and made the complaint about what was going on because it made him very uncomfortable. And then Robert supported his complaint, supported what he was saying, and then shortly thereafter they’re both out the door.”orioles_054



Why the Broncos should … pick an offensive lineman at No. 5

In all likelihood, only one offensive lineman in this year’s draft class could possibly end up selected in the first five picks. That the lineman happens to play guard makes this possibility one of the most fascinating of this season.

Carlton Davis, Auburn (6-1, 206): Perhaps the draft’s most imposing defensive back off the line of scrimmage, the three-year starter excels at jamming and re-routing receivers. Despite recording just four interceptions in 36 career games, he finds his way to the ball and makes life difficult for receivers on contested passes. An upright runner, Davis’ change of direction skills are subpar, and he can be thrown off by double moves. Projected: Round 2

Donte Jackson, LSU (5-10, 178): His pledge to top John Ross’ combine record in the 40-yard dash (4.22 seconds) went unfulfilled, but Jackson tied Ward and Tulane’s Parry Nickerson for the top overall mark in Indianapolis at 4.32. Jackson’s game is all about making a play with the ball in the air, as the former track standout consistently shows dangerous closing speed. However shortcomings in his route recognition and overall feel for the game are readily evident, and a maxed-out frame could leave him vulnerable to physical receivers. Projected: Round 2

Shaquem Griffin obviously meets the marks when it comes to competitive toughness and heart. Complications during pregnancy led to Griffin’s left hand not developing fully. As a result, he had the hand amputated at the low forearm when he was four years old. Now, he’s an above-average athlete who has all of the movement skills to be a weak-side ‘backer in a 4-3 defense. There’s no precedent for how the NFL might judge Griffin, but he’s worth a comfortable mid-round pick.

Coach Mike McCarthy is entering his 13th season, but he has two new coordinators in Joe Philbin, who returns for a second stint, and Mike Pettine, who takes over the defense. New general manager Brian Gutekunst needs to nail this draft and give the Packers more talent around star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Edge rusher: Clay Matthews and Nick Perry combined for 14.5 sacks last season, and the tandem of Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark combined for 9.5 sacks from the interior. Still, another solid edge rusher would allow Matthews, 31, to move inside some with Blake Martinez. A team can never have enough of a pass rush.

Ansah’s return comes as no surprise. The 28-year-old defensive end spent last week in Ghana for a family obligation, but kept in touch with Detroit’s front office and first-year head coach Matt Patricia. steelers_006



Moran’s grand slam leads Pirates to 5-4 win over Twins

Colin Moran’s name will forever be entwined with Gerrit Cole’s whether the new Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman likes it or not. It simply comes with the territory when you’re part of the trade that sends a franchise cornerstone out of town.

Moran did little during spring training to hint at the power potential the Pirates saw in him when they made him part of the deal that sent Cole to Houston in January. Even as Pittsburgh led the Grapefruit League in homers, he failed to go deep even once.

Then Moran swung at a full-count fastball from Minnesota’s Lance Lynn with the bases loaded in the first inning on Monday. A minute later he was taking a curtain call after the first grand slam of his young career helped the Pirates edge the Minnesota Twins 5-4 to give the franchise just its third 4-0 start in 35 years

Minnesota rallied for four runs in the sixth off Taillon and three relievers then put the tying base on in the seventh and eighth but couldn’t pull even. George Kontos worked a perfect ninth for his second career save with usual closer Felipe Rivero unavailable after finishing up both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday in Detroit.

They put the barrel on us a little bit but we got the outs we needed, Hurdle said.

We’re going to look back at this particular time in history as being a transitional moment for the city, Snyder said. We’re a city that was known as the entertainment capital of the world. I think 10 years from now, we’re going to look back and see that this was the turning point for it to become the sports entertainment capital of the world. I’ve said many times that this stadium, over time, will become the most successful stadium in the world.

It’s still a year or two away before the Raiders arrive in Vegas. Aug. 1, 2020, is targeted for completion of the stadium. Bernhard and McCallum, a pair of Las Vegas dads who became friends during the process, each have visions of opening night.

Someday, Napoleon is going to walk hand-and-hand with his four daughters into that stadium, and I’m going to walk in with my two daughters, Bernhard said. There will be six daughters and two daddies, and we’ll say, ‘Your daddies played a little role in all of this.’

McCallum wants to see local talent on the field before the first game. He’d also like to catch a punt with one hand, like he used to do in past fan appreciation days for the Raiders.

Then, to top it off, Bruno Mars, McCallum said. That’s how you open a stadium.
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Devon Kennard expected to sign with Lions

New Lions coach Matt Patricia is set to add a new piece to his defense on Wednesday.

Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports that the Lions have agreed to terms with linebacker Devon Kennard. It is set to be a three-year deal with a total value of $18.75 million.

Former NFL guard Evan Mathis is parting ways with a prized Mickey Mantle baseball card that, once sold, is expected to set an auction record.

Eric Berry of the Chiefs makes $13 million per year at the top of the market for safeties.

According to multiple reports, the Giants have given Jones the second-round restricted free agent tender. That comes with a $2.941 million salary that is considerably less than they’d be paying Richburg if he remained in town.

Jones came to the Giants in 2015 after two years in the CFL and he made his first start the next year. He made 13 more starts last season and is set to make many more for a line that remains in need of improvements this offseason.

As Siemian tried to get rid of the ball, defensive tackle Lotulelei tipped the ball the air and Thomas Sr.Laich returned to Washington a few days later where the honored the centreman with a video tribute during the first period and a standing ovation from the hometown fans and his former teammates.Auction Home Home Detroit Tigers Game-Used Rodriguez Road Jersey Bid now to win this game-used Rodriguez road jersey.The following week, against the Atlanta Falcons, Smith would score the game-sealing touchdown.

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According to Bryant McFadden of CBSSports.com, the Jets are nearing a deal with Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

He’ll definitely get to or past $30 million per year in new money. The real question is whether he’ll cross that threshold in total value from signing.

Another question is whether he’ll end up with a short-term deal like Cousins, with a full guarantee and none of the non-guaranteed, below-market, back-end numbers that Rodgers has been laboring under for the past couple of seasons.49ers_217



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“Any time we make this kind of investment and commitment to a player, we want to do it with the right type of player,” Cardinals vice president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “We talk a lot about the Cardinal Way and the character that we look at, and Paul exemplifies all of that.”

DeJong finished second to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in National League Rookie of the Year voting last season.

The extension locks up DeJong past his arbitration-eligible years, which ran through 2020.

“It’s a first-class organization and exactly where I want to be long term,” DeJong said. “I think we’re all pretty happy about this.”

Over the past several years, the Cardinals have reached long-term deals with players just before the start of the regular season, including Stephen Piscotty, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported DeJong’s extension agreement. FanRag Sports first reported the terms of the deal.lions_135



Super Bowl Sunday is on the horizon, and that means there will be plenty of discussion not only on this year’s big game but also past moments.

Here’s your chance to test all of your Super Bowl knowledge. This Sporcle.com quiz challenges you to list every Super Bowl winning team in order of when they last won the Lombardi trophy. Can you name them all?

Conspiracy theorists point to a pass interference call on Jacksonville’s A.J. Bouye. But there’s no follow-up about the Jaguars leaving two timeouts on the board with the ball and 55 seconds left before halftime. There’s no mention of a third-and-18 pass from Brady to Danny Amendola that kept a touchdown drive alive in the fourth quarter. That was the biggest play of the game, and it happened without a penalty.

Right behind Moss for touchdowns (153) and just ahead of him in yards (15,934) is Owens, whose 1,078 receptions rank eighth all-time. Owens was passed over the previous two years, but finally got in this time. While his numbers are undeniable, Owens was perceived as a bad teammate — something that had kept him out of Canton.

Urlacher spent his entire 13-year career with the Bears and was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000. He was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 when he had 121 tackles with six sacks, five pass breakups and a forced fumble to help the Bears win the NFC North. Urlacher was an eight-time Pro Bowler with 1,229 tackles, 41 1/2 sacks, 78 pass breakups, 22 interceptions and 12 forced fumbles over his career.

“My message has been clear all year. I’m about creating positive change in the communities that I come from, whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country,” Jenkins said. “I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economic and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities.”

Defensive end Chris Long, who skipped the White House visit last year as a member of the Patriots, had already said he would not go this year, either.

“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” Long said last week on the Pardon My Take podcast.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, who like Long moved from the Patriots to the Eagles this season, skipped last year’s White House ceremony. He said at the time, “I just don’t feel welcome into that house.”bills_042



As football continues to be explained as baseball, we continue to be pail-fed misinformation we’re supposed to swallow as knowledge.

MSG analyst Joe Micheletti over a replay: “I mentioned that he’d been out there for an extended shift. He’s 74; he can hardly skate.” Yikes!

Oh, Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin. He wears No. 74. And he’s only 22.

Stanley Wilson was a muscular, 5-foot-10 running back from Los Angeles, recruited to Oklahoma, where he scored seven TDs his senior season. He was a straight-ahead banger and dipper — he now would be classified “a downhill runner” — who could plow for first downs and touchdowns, catch passes in the flats and throw powerful blocks.

He played for the Bengals in his rookie and second seasons, 1983 and 1984, but then lost the entire 1985 season to a cocaine suspension. Returned in 1986, he lost his entire 1987 season, again, to cocaine.

The Titans snatched Western Kentucky wideout Taywan Taylor with their third-round pick in the 2017 draft, and it has become clear throughout the preseason they have plans for him with their first-team offense.

As my father often said about successful child-raising: “There’s a lot to be said for neglect.” As for the NFL, neglect is still causing serious growing pains in a child now 31 years old.

Last Sunday the totally unintended use/misuse of replay rules — its overwhelming use from its start has been totally unintended — made an NFL-asked-for-it mess of the Patriots-Jets game, determining its outcome after a long delay led to startling word that the Jets not only hadn’t scored a TD, the ball belonged to the Pats via a touchback.

That was a big story through Monday, as it should have been. Then, all gone!

9. Roger Goodell, commissioner, NFL (2): This is the 10th anniversary of his reign, but Goodell has kept a conspicuously low profile this offseason — no doubt because of the lingering fallout from the Deflategate saga. The league has been on a winning streak in court recently, but Goodell isn’t taking any victory laps.bills_014



The Patriots entered their divisional playoff game against the Titans as 20-point favorites.

With the Jaguars leading 14-0 and the first-quarter clock winding down, the Steelers had a chance to shift momentum with a score, as they had driven deep into Jacksonville territory. But on a fourth-and-1 from the 21-yard, an ambitious pitch to Bell was stuffed.

Eleven plays later, the Jaguars were in the end zone again. 21-0.

In the video game world, that means “pass the sticks.” In the NFL playoffs, it was a wake-up call not only to the Jaguars’ opponent Sunday, but also to the team it will face in seven days.

They also were dealing with the cloud that was a damning ESPN report regarding friction between Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Landry missed four games during the 2017 season due to injury and failed to come close to matching the awesome production from his All-American junior campaign (16.5 sacks among 22 tackles for loss). Scouts would love to see him healthy during Senior Bowl week, facing top-notch competition and displaying the burst and relentless nature they saw in 2016. In addition to wreaking havoc in the backfield, Landry might be asked to play as an outside linebacker to see how he handles movement in space. Showing explosiveness and scheme-versatility could put him back into the discussion for the top 10 picks.

In this week’s bracket it was still possible to prevent any SEC teams from meeting before the regional finals, but that might not continue to be the case if the six maintain their spots.

Carr: Whether Coughlin’s a head coach or the executive vice president of football operations, he has his hand in everything. Most coaches or executives just expect their players to professionally do their jobs. Yet, during his coaching days, Coughlin — who always let his coordinators and assistants game plan and coach up players, regardless of their coaching title — often times went around to talk with individual players, showing them weaknesses in their game and demanding the most out of them. He, like Belichick, doesn’t care if you’re an Eli Manning or a Tom Brady.

From what I’ve seen, a lot of coaches aren’t willing to do a lot of things Coughlin and Belichick carry out at the NFL level. Many are afraid of coaching players hard. I know Belichick isn’t afraid to push the best quarterback in NFL history, and that’s exactly how Coughlin is.cowboys_073



Kirk Cousins’s gamble on himself is about to pay off.

Willing to ride out the franchise tag as the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Cousins is set to hit free agency behind a three-year body of work that should make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

The high-level performance for Cousins isn’t the result of conservative passes, either. His 42.5 percent completion rate on deep throws, those traveling 20 or more yards in the air, ranks fifth among 27 quarterbacks attempting at least 100 deep throws over the past three years. His passer rating (109.0) on these attempts is second only to Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. And this proficiency down the field isn’t merely the result of having DeSean Jackson on the roster during his first two seasons under center for Washington: Cousins’s completion percentage (40.5 percent) and passer rating (109.7) rank eighth and seventh, respectively, in 2017 with Josh Doctson as his primary deep threat.

One negative on Mayfield is he will sometimes try to do too much, forcing throws that lead to turnovers. He improved drastically in that area in 2017 despite losing Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook, but will also bail from clean pockets if he takes hits throughout the game. He compares in body type and play style to Russell Wilson, and is best suited for a vertical-oriented offense in which he can lean on his intermediate and deep accuracy.

He wasn’t being shy about that controversial call, and in fact, Cousins went into incredible depth describing the play. He acknowledged that his goal on that pass was to throw quickly and incomplete toward the sideline, but he seemed not to think that his actions met the definition of grounding.

“It was essentially like clocking it,” he told the station. “I mean, I wanted to just spike it. I wanted to throw it at Jamison [Crowder’s] shins, which would have been better. Maybe if I throw it right at Jamison’s cleats — like you do with a screen that’s dead, you just throw it at their cleats — then [officials] would have said ‘Oh, there’s a receiver in the area.’
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NFL Playoffs Power Rankings: Top seeds get their first tests

After a wild-card round that saw the division champions from both the AFC and NFC West lose, the top two seeds in each conference enter the fray this week.

12 of 1st period – Shot by Reilly Smith.The Bleacher Report Team Stream Crew also appeared to be pretty happy with the value the Steelers got here as well.Each day is tailored to my needs, says Syndergaard.

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The AFC playoffs may not be bad enough to allow Miami to sneak in, but this was an incredibly fun performance by Adam Gase’s team across the board. They have thrilling players at some of the league’s most watchable positions—wide receiver, pass rusher, cornerback—and almost nothing to show for it. That changed with an energized performance from Jay Cutler, who tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112.1 passer rating. When he isn’t pressured and playing free, Cutler can command a game like few quarterbacks of his time. Watching him on the sideline smiling and fist-bumping a few teammates showed him at his casual best. It makes us wonder what a soon-to-be 35-year-old gunslinger is planning to do next year.

There are eight new teams in this year’s playoff field — Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints and Panthers in the NFC, and Jaguars, Titans and Bills in the AFC. That’s tied for the most in a season (2003) since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. Since 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Although Newton and Atlanta QB Matt Ryan have learned what it was like to play in a Super Bowl, Brees is the only QB in the field adorned with a Super Bowl ring, and with a Super Bowl MVP performance to his name.

The fourth-seeded Saints, unlike the No. 6-seed Falcons against the No. 1-seed Eagles on Saturday, are not favored as they travel to the No. 2-seed Vikings next Sunday. That’s partly because Minnesota will be hosting a New Orleans team it beat 29-19 in Week 1.

But that was when the Saints were trying to force former Vikings star Adrian Peterson into their rushing offense. It was also when Sam Bradford, not Case Keenum, was at QB for Minnesota vs. Brees, and when rookie Dalvin Cook was healthy and leading the backfield.patriots_093_d3ab648e5c36960a-180x180