Felony charge from Robby Anderson’s 2017 arrest dropped

Robby Anderson won’t be prosecuted on the felony charge of resisting arrest with violence stemming from his 2017 arrest, his lawyer told NFL Network.

The Jets receiver was charged with the felony in May after he was accused of pushing a police officer at a concert after he was asked to leave. He was told to sit on the ground, but continued to fight and be combative with security.

Anderson also was charged with one count of obstruction of justice from the incident.

In the 2016 postseason, he gave out personalized shields — the size medieval soldiers would feasibly use in battle — and more headphones.

In 2018, it was the suits. What will be next? “I don’t have many postseasons left, man,” James told ESPN with a laugh.

And the Cavs don’t have too many road games left in these playoffs — a maximum of six, should they make it to Game 7 of the NBA Finals — to wear the suits.

“It’s easy to pack for the trips now,” Calderon said. “You don’t have to think too much.”

Hall sat out most of last season after suffering a torn ACL in 2016 and became a free agent this spring following 10 seasons with the Redskins. Derailed by injuries, Hall hasn’t played all 16 games in a season since 2013.

ESPN noted that Hall is weighing broadcasting and front-office jobs now that he’s done with football.

Hall, 34, was selected by the Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and spent his first four seasons in Atlanta. After a brief stint in Oakland, he joined the Redskins in 2008.

A three-time Pro Bowl player, Hall had been tops among active NFL players with 43 career interceptions. He returned five interceptions for TDs, and he had five fumble-return TDs as well. He also tied the NFL’s single-game mark with four interceptions in a 2010 game against the Bears.

Cleveland in the playoffs has scored 1.31 points per possession on any trip featuring a Love screen for Hill, a number that would have led all duos in the regular season, per Second Spectrum. Love has set just 23 such screens in this series — not enough.

Panthers add undrafted quarterback Kyle Allen

The Panthers got through the draft without adding a quarterback to serve as this year’s backup, but they found a guy who has some potential afterward.

Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Panthers are signing former Houston and Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen.

When the Packers were on the clock at No. 14 in the 2018 draft, the Saints made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. 

New Orleans sent Green Bay a fifth-round selection as well as a first-round pick in next year’s draft to swap the 27th pick for the 14th pick. 

The Packers flipped a pick worth 1,100 points on the Pro Football Reference draft trade value chart for a pick worth 680 points, another pick worth 33 points and a 2019 pick which will be worth a minimum of 590 points (if the Saints win the Super Bowl and pick 32nd). That’s a 203-point steal in the worst-case scenario. 

Less than an hour later, Green Bay made another deal that was virtually even on the trade value chart to move up to draft cornerback Jaire Alexander at No. 18, but few would have criticized them for taking him with their original No. 14 overall selection. They practically stole a first-round pick without sacrificing much if anything in this year’s draft. 

The Chargers chose Northwestern running back Justin Jackson in the seventh round, and Gordon’s primary backup last year was undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler.

He doesn’t come cheap, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Suh took less to go to the Rams. Besides, the expensive part of free agency had come and gone by the time the Rams signed Suh.

This was a no-brainer deal with no long-term strings attached. 

The reloading Tennessee Titans have long been trying to take the next step to become a bona fide contender. Even though they won their first playoff game in well over a decade this past season, it felt as though they hit a wall with bland head coach Mike Mularkey. 

The Titans deserve kudos for moving on from Mularkey after a second consecutive nine-win season, and for hiring a replacement who is certain to bring a fresh feel and new energy to a young, impressionable team.broncos_121_bfef55fcf667de37-180x180

Why the Devils shouldn’t trade Keith Kinkaid

Dyblenko signed with the Devils from the KHL in Russia on April 20, 2017. He inked a two-year entry level contact, but he did not make it out of the AHL in his first season playing in North America. He posted two goals and six assists over 54 games with Binghamton.

Betts had singled to lead off the game before Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to first. Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman picked it up and tagged first before firing the ball to second to try to gun down a running Betts. But the ball hit Betts in his right shoulder blade.

Betts slid awkwardly after being hit by the ball and shook off his arm as he experienced some brief numbness.

It hit him in the perfect spot, (Red Sox manager Alex) Cora said. So he wanted to keep going and I said, ‘Nah.’

Along those lines, acting owner Christopher Johnson on Tuesday said people will look back in 20 years and regard the Darnold pick as the moment the Jets became a great team.

What does Namath think of that bold statement?

I can only say, ‘God I hope I’m around in 20 years, to be able to look back with Chris and see that it panned out that way,’ Namath said.

Neil Walker scored from third before Gleyber Torres was thrown out at home after trying to score from second on Judge’ bases-loaded single. His run-scoring hit gave the Yankees the lead again after the Red Sox tied the game in the top half of the seventh.

And for a 20-year-old rookie quarterback, that’s going to be tough to do early on. Because the big leagues, pro football, is different than college football. You’re playing against real men that are sharp mentally and physically. So he’s going to need some experience. Yes, I believe in playing a rookie if he’s capable.

Darnold will indeed face a lot of pressure. sharks-008

NBA’s early-entry list breaks record with 236 players

A record 236 players were on the NBA’s official early-entry list, including 181 from the college ranks.

The deadline for underclassmen and international players to file with the NBA was Sunday night.

College players who entered the NBA draft but do not hire an agent have until May 30 to return to their programs. Which players testing the waters should return to school? And which made a mistake by forgoing their eligibility?

Among the record-setting number of players who will go through the process, hope to receive an invite to the combine and work out for NBA teams are Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo of Villanova, Syracuse wing Tyus Battle and Boston College’s Jerome Robinson. A trio of Kentucky players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo — declared with an agent, while fellow Wildcats Wenyen Gabriel, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington all decided to declare without an agent.

“But I want to be abundantly clear, if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did hit this young lady, he won’t be a part of this organization going forward,” he told reporters.

Lynch spoke publicly Monday for the first time since Foster was charged with felony domestic violence on April 12 after being accused by authorities of dragging his girlfriend and punching her in the head, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum.

A plea hearing is scheduled for April 30.

The 49ers announced a few days later that Foster would not take part in the offseason program while he deals with the legal matter. Lynch said Monday that Foster also will not be at the team’s minicamp in June.

Lynch said Foster is in contact with members of his player development staff and working out on his own during this period where he is not allowed to be part of the team.

Lynch said the team has been in contact with the league, which could place Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list while the legal process plays out, which would keep him away from the team and off the roster.dolphins_009

Bruins, Lightning ‘start over again’ in series opener

There’s a recent familiarity between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins, who meet in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after playing each other twice in the final 12 games of the regular season.

“It’s like starting over again,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of the series that begins Saturday at Amalie Arena. “There’s a little bit of the unknown. You have to develop a little of that hatred, or passion, whatever the word is against a similar opponent every night. I assume that will happen fast.”

The Lightning won the division title and have the top seed in the Eastern Conference after edging the Bruins by a point in the standings. The pivotal game was the fourth and final meeting, when the Lightning posted a key 4-0 victory in Tampa.

Nikita Kucherov set a Lightning record for points in a playoff series with five goals and five assists, but Boston’s David Pastrnak can trump that, getting five goals and eight assists in his series against Toronto. Steven Stamkos, quiet overall in scoring in the last series, was a team-best plus-4 when on the ice just the same.

Tampa Bay finished the regular season with momentum coming off the 4-0 win over Boston, which carried into the New Jersey series.

“In the end, our team had to pick up our play,” Cooper said. “I don’t know that we were at the same intensity level.”

Game 1 and 2 are Saturday and Monday in Tampa, with the next two games in Boston, before alternating the final three games if necessary.

Flanked by fiancée Michelle Rodriguez, Shazier made the walk from the corridor to the stage after being introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery in December after a Week 13 hit against the Cincinnati Bengals, has made incredible progress the past few months. He was released to outpatient treatment two months ago and attended Ohio State’s spring game earlier this month.

Asked how the Shazier appearance came about, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert cited the linebacker’s personal goals.

“When he was ready to walk, he was going to make that determination,” Colbert said. “Since he had been working with us in the draft preparation, we thought that would be a good opportunity. It was up to him. He did great. It’s amazing.”

The Steelers traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Raiders on Thursday night for a third-round draft pick, a move that Bryant called “a blessing.”

Colbert said he would let Shazier tell the rest of the story.sl_cardinals_061

C’s coach Brad Stevens: ‘Game 7 in TD Garden is what you play for’

“This is where home-court advantage comes up, where we’ve been playing the right way all season,” second-year swingman Jaylen Brown said. “This is where playing the right basketball all year long is going to come to a benefit. Game 7, a lot of people haven’t experienced it on this team. It’s crazy, and I expect nothing short of a tremendous performance from everybody.”

Daniel Descalso and Jarrod Dyson also homered for the Diamondbacks, who upped their NL-best record to 16-6.

Ray was lifted after 107 pitches with two outs in the fifth and couldn’t earn the victory. He gave up three runs and five hits and walked three while raising his strikeout total to 43 in 26 1/3 innings.

Fernando Salas (3-1) pitched an inning of relief for the victory.

The loss snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game home winning streak, and was just the club’s second loss in 11 games at Citizens Bank Park. A win would’ve given the Phillies their best home start in the franchise’s 134-year history.

“We’ll come back tomorrow and be ready to roll,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

Arizona has won eight consecutive games at Philadelphia.

“We’re just a team that goes out day by day no matter who the opponent and does our best to perform,” Lovullo said. “We know the Phillies are a quality team. Their record isn’t a fluke and they’re playing with a lot of energy.”

Chris Peters, NHL prospects writer: I’m going with Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban. In Nashville’s first-round series, no Predator played more minutes 5-on-5 than Subban. He had three assists but also got some heavy doses of Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon. Winnipeg is a matchup nightmare because of its overall forward depth, so Subban can be an equalizing force when he’s at the top of his game. Slowing down the Jets is no easy task, but the Predators have shown that they can own the puck when Subban is on the ice. It’s hard to single out just one defenseman, because this team clearly has the best blue line in the league. But I fully expect Subban to be a major factor in this series.

Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: Since I’ve picked the Predators as the victor in this premature clash of the Western Conference’s elite teams, I’ll go with winger Viktor Arvidsson as the key contributor to the Predators’ win. He has 11 points in 11 career games against the Jets, including two goals and five assists in five games this season. Arvidsson had just two goals and one assist in the first round against the Colorado Avalanche but was second among Nashville forwards in shot attempts, with 91. So with a little puck luck, and his pedigree against the Jets, I’ll go with Arvidsson … assuming that his linemate Filip Forsberg also has a strong series.jets_043

Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

Al Horford has been the Celtics’ quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.

The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series.

Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.

He checked in for the first time late in the first quarter. Less than a minute later, he deflected a pass and won a scramble on the floor for the loose ball.

A few possessions later, he was helping protect the rim, getting his hand in to deny an alley-oop dunk attempt by Antetokounmpo.

He was also active on the offensive end, helping drive the ball into the interior of Milwaukee’s defense, like when he tossed an alley-oop to Horford late in the third quarter .

Boston made a change to a smaller lineup, shifting Horford to center in place of Aron Baynes and starting Semi Ojeleye at forward.

Ojeleye drew the primary responsibility of guarding Antetokounmpo and handled it well. Antetokounmpo had just 10 field goal attempts.

“It’s on me. I had open shots, but they wasn’t my shots,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but coming the next game, Game 6, I’ve got to be more aggressive and make more plays.”

“SpaceStation being a local, Utah-based esports organization, they’re going to be able to help continue to push into the esports marketplace. It’s booming,” Jazz chief information officer B.J. Vander Linden said. “We see this as an opportunity to really enter that marketplace, because it’s so different than your traditional sports environment. With the connections Shaun and his team have, it gives us the opportunity to really get into the space and see what’s going on.”

The Jazz will present a SpaceStation announcement in its Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday during Game 6 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Vivint Smart Home Arena also hosted the GameTyrant Expo in September, an event that featured competitions in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Street Fighter V, Hearthstone and more.

The Jazz previously explored esports investment opportunities, such as applying to the League of Legends Championship Series with eUnited in July, with Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm Sorenson Capital, sources familiar with those discussions told ESPN. The Jazz ultimately decided against those opportunities.

SpaceStation Gaming was founded in June, when McBride and other influencers he works with acquired a Smite team. Previously, SpaceStation had been a YouTube channel that hosted multiple video game videos from McBride and other YouTubers.jets_099

Betts hits 2 HRs to power Red Sox to 4-3 win over Blue Jays

After six home runs in his last seven games, it seems Mookie Betts’ isn’t impressing his teammates anymore.

“We don’t care about Mookie, we care about the Bruins,” Hanley Ramirez joked in the locker room after Betts’ latest offensive outburst helped the Boston Red Sox snap their season-high three-game losing streak with a 4-3 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Betts homered twice and drove in three runs as the Red Sox improved to 6-1 in one-run games and got their 18th win of the season, tying the franchise record for victories before May 1.

While the Red Sox outfielder has reached base in each of his last 19 games against the Blue Jays, he said he feels he is starting to tap into the power side of his game.

“I think so. A lot of learning with the new hitting (coaches), and with (new teammate) J.D. (Martinez), just putting things together,” he said. “Actually learning how to use my strength versus going off ability.”

“I think he got lucky a couple of times and we didn’t take advantage of it,” he said. “I think we made the adjustment a little bit. But I think he got lucky more than us getting beat.”

Aaron Sanchez lasted six innings for the Blue Jays, giving up just three hits and two runs, while striking out a season-high eight.

The 76ers are rolling in the postseason — and rappers, politicians, actors and athletes are dancing along in the ride.

Embiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012.

“I kind of promised the city this,” Embiid said.

The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city. Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, and the entire team was energized by Mill’s surprise appearance. Mill made a dramatic return hours after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.

He was taken from prison by helicopter to Philadelphia, where he rang the ceremonial bell at the start of Game 5.

“Welcome home Meek Mill,” was about all that was heard from the public address announcer as wild cheers drowned out the rest. Mill sat courtside next to Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.

Before the game, Mill visited privately with the Sixers in their locker room.jets_136

John Lynch leans on former teammate Martin Mayhew

John Lynch admits he didn’t know what he was doing when the 49ers first hired him as General Manager. So one of the people he leaned on to learn the job was former Buccaneers teammate Martin Mayhew, who spent 15 years in the Lions’ front office, including parts of eight seasons as G.M.

“He’s been of tremendous value to me,” Lynch told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Elephant in the room, I hadn’t done this before, and I know what I know and I felt like I had some strengths and my experiences would come in handy, both as a player and as a broadcaster you get exposed to a lot. But there were some things that I just didn’t know, hadn’t been exposed to, so I knew I had to surround myself with good people.

Smith is already comfortable turning for righty hooks and floaters.

This won’t work every time, or even most of the time, obviously. Smith is young, prone to bad judgment. When Teague understood what was coming, he stonewalled Smith a little further from the basket.

Browns coach Hue Jackson says that people around the NFL see Taylor as a starting quarterback, and if the Browns hadn’t given up a third-round pick for him, some other team would have.

“Maybe people don’t think Tyrod has performed as well as he has because he’s not talked about as an upper-echelon guy in the league, but the guy has performed really solidly over the last several years,” Jackson said. “He’s made some tremendous plays. He’s led teams to the playoffs and winning seasons. He’s stayed healthy. He hasn’t turned the ball over, and those are things coaches look for. I’m just happy we got him. I know for a fact other teams wanted him, too. I think we’re fortunate to have this guy as our starter.”

Jackson has already declared Taylor the starter for the 2018 season. It’s unclear which other teams wanted Taylor that badly, but Jackson believes that the Browns aren’t the only ones who viewed Taylor as a player who can step in and start in Week One.

Indians put Lonnie Chisenhall on DL with calf strain, recall Tyler Naquin

The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right calf strain.

Manager Terry Francona, citing early indications, said that Chisenhall could be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Cleveland announced the move before Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Chisenhall suffered the injury in Saturday’s loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Outfielder Tyler Naquin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Chisenhall on the active roster and will start in right field Sunday.

Chisenhall is batting .235 in 17 at-bats this season. Naquin began the season with the Indians and started in left field on Opening Day. He is batting .167 with one home run and two RBIs in 12 at-bats this season.

Another injured starter is exactly what the Angels don’t need with Matt Shoemaker and Andrew Heaney already on the shelf in their six-man rotation, but it’s no surprise for a team that struggled with injured starters throughout the previous two seasons.

“You walk 10 guys, and you’re not going to be in many games,” Scioscia said. “We were only OK because our bullpen kept it close.”

Brown is considered a potential late first-round pick even though he had a disappointing sophomore season that ended after 19 games because of a left foot injury requiring surgery.

He averaged 11.4 points and shot 27 percent from 3-point range for the Hurricanes, who went 22-10 and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Flyers’ captain scored his first two goals during Philadelphia’s dominating second period in which it outscored the Rangers 3-0 thanks in part to an 18-5 shots advantage.

Giroux put the Flyers ahead 2-0 with 7:36 left in the second when his shot from the left circle got through Henrik Lundqvist’s legs after a screen by Nolan Patrick.

Raffl made it a three-goal lead when he took the rebound of Radko Gudas’ shot from the point with a turnaround shot that got past Lundqvist’s right pad with 2:07 left in the period.buccaneers_080