Dallas Cowboys: Is this the year Byron Jones steps up his game?. Is this the year former Dallas Cowboys first round draft selection Byron Jones steps up his game from good to special at the safety position? Unless you are a potential transcendent player, safeties are rarely taken in the first round of the NFL draft. With the exodus of veterans like safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox and corners like Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, the onus of leadership now sits squarely on the 24-year old’s broad shoulders. During his first two years in Dallas, Jones has been a solid defender. In that span, the 24-year old has recorded 154 tackles, 19 pass defends and a forced fumble. His 6’0, 199 pound frame combined with his unique athletic abilities allow the safety to cover both wide receivers and tight ends with relative ease. In his two seasons in Dallas, he’s recorded just one interception. But the Cowboys certainly hoped it was an area he could improve at the NFL level. “Jones has been a revelation early in camp,” wrote Todd Archer for ESPN.com recently.
But for the people who were able to make it, they were treated to Refuge's Back to School Block Party, which partnered with the Robinson Chirinos and Martin Perez Foundations to give back to the community. A Major League Baseball player's schedule can be hectic, to say the least, but Perez said the chance to take even just a few hours out of their day to give back to the community and see the joy in the faces of the kids when they received a backpack made it all worth it. We just want to give the kids a different day, watch the kids have a big smile, and that's good for us." There's nobody too busy to give 10 minutes, 20 minutes or half an hour of their time during the day to go and help somebody." Some Rangers already have a good idea how they will take advantage of the weekend. Delino DeShields is also going to use his nickname, "Poppa," that weekend, on top of cleats based on his favorite cartoon growing up. But for the people who were able to make it, they were treated to Refuge's Back to School Block Party, which partnered with the Robinson Chirinos and Martin Perez Foundations to give back to the community. A Major League Baseball player's schedule can be hectic, to say the least, but Perez said the chance to take even just a few hours out of their day to give back to the community and see the joy in the faces of the kids when they received a backpack made it all worth it. We just want to give the kids a different day, watch the kids have a big smile, and that's good for us." There's nobody too busy to give 10 minutes, 20 minutes or half an hour of their time during the day to go and help somebody."
Jeffrey Loria reportedly agrees to sell Marlins for $1.2B to group led by Derek Jeter, Bruce Sherman
Jeffrey Loria reportedly agrees to sell Marlins for $1.2B to group led by Derek Jeter, Bruce Sherman. The Miami Marlins told Major League Baseball they intend to sign an agreement to sell the team to a group that includes the former New York Yankees captain, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday. The person speaking on condition of anonymity said MLB was told Loria’s sale price will be about $1.2 billion to the group, which includes more than 10 entities. Among them is Sherman, who will be the controlling owner, the person said. Sherman is known for his philanthropic work and retired in 2009 as chief executive officer of Naples-based Private Capital Management. Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who also had a storied playing career with the Yankees, said he knew nothing about Jeter becoming a team owner, but predicted he would do well. “A player like Jeter and what he meant to his generation of players in that era that he played, and now to continue in the game, I think it’s wonderful.” Now the question is whether Jeter can help the Marlins win. Loria is perhaps baseball’s most unpopular owner. He has long been criticized in South Florida for his frugal ways and for the ballpark deal, which was heavily subsidized with public money. At the start of spring training, Samson said a “confluence of events” prompted Loria to put the franchise on the market.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills shook up their roster with two separate trades, dealing wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E. J. Gaines and sending cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade. The moves were announced early Friday afternoon, a day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Watkins had been the Bills starter since Buffalo traded up five spots in the 2014 draft to select him with the No. 4 pick. Watkins has been hampered by an assortment of injuries and was limited to eight games last year after having an operation to repair a broken left foot. Watkins will be reunited with the former Bills starter Robert Woods, a wide receiver who signed with the Rams in free agency after four seasons in Buffalo. Matthews had been Philadelphia’s most productive receiver, averaging 75 catches, 891 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his first three seasons. Darby started 29 games in his first two seasons in Buffalo. He was a second-round pick (50th over all) in the 2015 draft.
PGA Championship CHARLOTTE — Kevin Kisner is a two-time PGA Tour winner and the 25th ranked player in the world. He has not played particularly well lately. And he doesn’t have a strong record in the majors. In 11 previous major championship starts, he’s missed three cuts, and his best finish is T-12. “Yeah, I’ve been upset with how I’ve played in the majors so far in my career,” Kisner said on Friday after his second-straight four-under-par 67. [Improving that] has kind of been our goal for the year.” “He told me, ‘Just get me to hit it better, because I think I can win out there. I loved hearing that.” —John Tillery But after a T-43 at the Masters, T-58 at Erin Hills and T-54 at Royal Birkdale, Kisner intensified his sessions with the instructor who began transforming his game in 2013, John Tillery. “That’s a lot of confidence right there.” Kisner’s strategy going forward? “But he’s done a good job of tempering that and hitting 30 feet away from a risky pin with a 7-iron. He used to be not so good at that.
How to watch Vikings vs. Bills in Week 1 of the preseason. x This video is not available. Please try again in a few minutes. x This video is geo-restricted. We are experiencing technical difficulties, please try again in a few minutes. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. x The Minnesota Vikings take the field for the first time in the 2017 preseason on Thursday night when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills at New Era Field. Here is a look at all the media information and where you can find the Vikings on TV in this game. Teams: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills Location: New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York Time: 6 p.m. CT Streaming: NFL Game Pass
Wisconsin announces starting LB Jack Cichy has torn ACL, will miss entire 2017 season. This one is a significant and brutal blow for the Badgers and their defense. Wisconsin announced Thursday that starting inside linebacker Jack Cichy has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee that he suffered during practice Tuesday. Surgery to repair the damage is scheduled to be performed Friday. “You hate it for Jack,” head coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. “You only get so many chances to play this game and you never want to see a guy miss any of those opportunities. He’s one of the leaders of our team and I know he’ll be a big part of what we do moving forward this season.” At this time, it’s unclear whether Cichy, who took a redshirt in 2014, will be able to pursue a waiver that would give him a sixth season of eligibility. Last season, Cichy started the first seven games for the Badgers before going down with a torn pectoral muscle that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Despite missing nearly half the season, he was still named honorable mention All-Big Ten. — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2017
The list includes players who are dealing with various injuries, as well as Le'Veon Bell, who continues his holdout, and receiver Martavis Bryant, who was only cleared to practice as a condition of his reinstatement by the league on Wednesday. And it contains numerous first-teamers on both offense and defense, which could further limit how many starters actually get playing time on Friday night. But first-teamers typically don't do much work in a team's first preseason game without a reason, so keeping close watch of the Steelers' starters who play Friday could be an important piece in the summer's puzzle. Brown isn't playing against the Giants. The preseason, though, is a time to install certain game plans in a live-game situation. Pouncey isn't expected to play on Friday, which makes B.J. Left tackle Villanueva missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion, according to Kozora of Steelers Depot, making Jerald Hawkins his backup. Walton is listed as a backup at Heyward's left defensive end spot in the preliminary depth chart. The Running Backs With Bell continuing his holdout and rookie James Conner managing an AC sprain in his shoulder, the backup crew of running backs will handle the carries on Friday against the Giants. Steelers Depot's Kozora wrote on Wednesday that, "Watson was the clear No.