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‘Last Chance U’ star John Franklin III to transfer from Auburn

‘Last Chance U’ star John Franklin III to transfer from Auburn

'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III to transfer from Auburn. Less than two weeks after saying "transferring wasn't really an option," the Auburn wide receiver and former star of the Netflix series "Last Chance U" is leaving the Plains, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. We wish John nothing but the best and thank him for his time at Auburn." Four schools in five years doesn't look good for anybody. "Transferring wasn't really an option. He switched to wide receiver during spring practice and had four receptions for 19 yards while playing for both teams on A-Day. Watch Auburn quarterback John Franklin III run drills as a wide receiver "I think he's doing a good job, doing everything we asked him to do," wide receivers coach Kodi Burns said last week. Franklin is the tenth Auburn player and third graduate to transfer since the end of the 2016 season. and defensive backs Marlon Character (Northwest Mississippi C.C.) How John Franklin III's transfer impacts Auburn
Jerry Jones still not talking about Ezekiel Elliott suspension

Jerry Jones still not talking about Ezekiel Elliott suspension

Jerry Jones still not talking about Ezekiel Elliott suspension. Since March, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has insisted Ezekiel Elliott had done nothing to warrant a suspension and would not be suspended. Jones missed his annual media party in Malibu on Friday night and was not in the locker room when it opened to reporters after Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams. Both are out of the ordinary for Jones. He did show up to practice Tuesday, signing autographs for fans. Jones, reportedly “furious” with the league’s decision, stopped for reporters but did not share his thoughts on the decision. Jones said he will comment on the Elliott suspension at a later time when he has a chance to “get my feet on the ground about it and just have it extremely well planned and thought out,” according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t have anything to say about any of the appeal or anything about the issue today,” Jones said, via James Palmer of the NFL Network. “But certainly I’ll be visiting with you guys about it in the future. “He’s got an appeal, and we’ve got to wait and see about that.”
Gallo’s HR ascent indicates improved approach

Gallo’s HR ascent indicates improved approach

The Rangers have only had two players ever lead the American League in home runs. The Rangers aren't concerned with Gallo's standing in the home run race. He is walking and not chasing, hitting the ball in the middle of the field and not the over-the-top pull. Gallo can still slug it. He has hit 12 home runs 430 feet or deeper, tied with Judge for the second most behind Stanton with 17. Gallo has homered on 17.7 percent of his batted balls, the highest rate of the 341 players with at least 100 batted balls this season. Gallo is also headed toward being the second player in Major League history to have more home runs than singles, with a minimum of 21 home runs. Gallo had more home runs than singles in each of his five seasons in the Minor Leagues. "That's just the player I am," Gallo said. As long as I'm putting together good at-bats or drawing walks, then for me that's what's important.
Auburn names Jarrett Stidham as starting QB

Auburn names Jarrett Stidham as starting QB

What had long been expected has become the reality today at Auburn. Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham has officially been named the starting quarterback at Auburn. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made the official announcement Monday. Sean White will be Auburn’s backup quarterback heading into the 2017 season. The quarterback battle had been one of the biggest topics of conversation for Auburn this summer, with Stidham expected to give White a good run to be the starter in the fall. Stidham announced a transfer to Auburn from Baylor in December after initially announcing his decision to transfer out of the Baylor program in July 2016 amid controversy at the program. Stidham was granted a release from his scholarship by Baylor but was blocked from transferring to another Big 12 program. In addition to Auburn, other SEC schools that were reportedly jumping in the recruiting mix for his services included Florida and Texas A&M. At Auburn, Stidham steps into a role that could play vital to Auburn’s chances and hopes of giving Alabama a push for the SEC West Division. Stidham will share the same backfield as one of the top running backs in the SEC, Kamryn Pettway.
Banister thrilled with manufactured victory

Banister thrilled with manufactured victory

The Rangers didn't come close to matching their season high of 14 runs in one game, or 17 hits or five home runs. But those sacrifice bunts were part of the approach on a night when the Rangers had just two extra-base hits. "We put together a lot of good innings offensively. Rougned Odor started another rally in the second, leading off with a bunt single. It wasn't a squeeze, because Odor didn't break until the ball was bunted, but that's the play, and the Rangers use it when they can -- DeShields drops the bunt, and the runner decides if he can score. Tigers catcher James McCann thought he had time to field the bunt and look Odor back to third, but Odor sped past him to score the go-ahead run. "With DeShields, that's his game," Banister said. I think he might be the only guy in baseball, so I'm not real sure what we expected," Banister said. Rougned Odor had three hits, including the bunt single, and scored three runs. Rangers: Right-hander A.J.
Monday’s best: Verdugo’s hot streak continues

Monday’s best: Verdugo’s hot streak continues

2 prospect (No. After getting pounded for a total of 13 runs in back-to-back starts, McKenzie has rebounded well, giving up just two earned runs over his past two outings. Maitan drove in a run and matched his career high with three hits, while Waters hit his third professional homer and drove in four runs, a career high. After collecting just one hit in his first seven Double-A games, Jackson, who went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in a win over Jacksonville, has multiple hits in three of his past four games. 17 prospect KJ Harrison doubled his home run total with the first two-homer game of his career. The last one, in Minnesota, didn't go as well as Diekman and the Rangers would have liked, but Monday's was markedly better. "I feel like my arm strength will just continue to keep going. Especially, as Banister said, Diekman's rehab is among the more unique journeys in the Major Leagues. Diekman hasn't pitched for the Rangers since Oct. 2, 2016, after undergoing three surgeries to correct his ulcerative colitis, and he's somewhere along the progression route a player would take during Spring Training. I think he might be the only guy in baseball, so I'm not real sure what we expected," Banister said.
WATCH: LaVar Ball throws up airballs in BIG3 4-point contest loss to Ice Cube

WATCH: LaVar Ball throws up airballs in BIG3 4-point contest loss to Ice Cube

WATCH: LaVar Ball throws up airballs in BIG3 4-point contest loss to Ice Cube. The man who claims to be able to “kill” Michael Jordan one-on-one lost a 4-point contest to rapper Ice Cube on Sunday. LaVar Ball on Friday accepted Ice Cube’s challenge for a 90-second head-to-head round 30 feet from the basket at Staples Center, where Ball’s eldest son Lonzo will soon begin his NBA career after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Lakers. But the outspoken dad, whose long list of outrageous comments have drawn much of the attention away from his son this year, was finally put under the spotlight with a basketball in hand. And as many expected, he didn’t quite rise to the occasion. As the primary entertainment during an intermission at Ice Cube’s BIG3 Tournament event, Ball worked through a couple of airballs to sink a single long-distance shot, while the rapper bucketed two. Ball, who averaged a measly 2.2 points in college, missed over a half-dozen shots, and in an uncharacteristic postgame moment managed not to accuse anyone of cheating nor demanded that Ice Cube stay in his lane. The rapper, who issued the challenge in May, said he would buy 10 pairs of Ball’s $495 Big Baller Brand sneakers should he lose. Ball didn’t have to match the bet, but his loss is still a win for anyone hoping for a shot to his ego.
New Bills receiver Jordan Matthews out with chest injury

New Bills receiver Jordan Matthews out with chest injury

New Bills receiver Jordan Matthews out with chest injury. The Bills list Matthews as week to week, and general manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press on Monday he’s ”hopeful” the newly acquired player will be ready for the season opener in four weeks. Beane said the team’s medical staff is ”still figuring it out,” because the timetable for recovery depends on how quickly the bruising subsides and the bone heals. Matthews finished practice before being escorted off the field to be evaluated. The Bills are counting on Matthews to fill Sammy Watkins’ spot after he was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft pick in a separate trade on Friday. Coincidentally, one of the reasons the Bills considered Watkins expendable was because of a rash of injuries that have hampered his production during his three seasons in Buffalo. Aside from the draft picks, Matthews was the key addition to address Buffalo’s more immediate needs on what is now a retooled group of receivers. A chip fracture to the sternum could cause a person discomfort when breathing, he said. — For more AP NFL coverage: http://pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

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