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Jatavis Brown joins Eagles linebackers: Stats, highlights, and salary for former Chargers Lb

While sports are mostly on pause in terms of games, free agency moves are still taking place within the NFL ahead of an expected 2020-21 season. That included linebacker Jatavis Brown leaving the Los Angeles Chargers and signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as of Saturday. Jatavis Brown signs one-year deal with Eagles NFL insider Adam Schefter has been a busy
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Why Patriots Fans Shouldn't Freak Out Over Tom Brady's Cryptic Photo

Why Patriots Fans Shouldn't Freak Out Over Tom Brady's Cryptic Photo
Phew! On Thursday, Tom Brady gave Patriots fans quite the scare with a cryptic social media post. Keeping things simple, the pro football player shared a black and white photo of what appears to be him walking out onto a stadium. Between the photo's somber tone and Brady's lack of explanation, many fans speculated that it was the 42-year-old's way of announcing his departure from the New England Patriots, or worse, his retirement!   Thankfully, it was a false alarm. Seeing Twitter's reactions to the post, ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter took to Twitter to set the record straight to the best of his abilities. "Am told that this tweet is not related to Tom Brady's football future,"...
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Colin Kaepernick To Get Special NFL Showcase Workout On Saturday

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Colin Kaepernick To Get Special NFL Showcase Workout On Saturday
Colin Kaepernick is getting a chance from the National Football League. The former 49ers quarterback, who has been out of the league since 2016 and settled a collusion lawsuit against it, will work out for NFL team representatives on Saturday in Atlanta.

The unusual showcase was first reported by ESPN , who noted that Kaepernick requested that the workout take place on a Tuesday, the normal day when NFL free-agent showcases take place. The league, though, said Saturday would be the day. The workout will be run by former NFL coaches at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. No media will be permitted to attend.

The workout will consist of drills and a video interview with Kaepernick.

Already, there’s been some backlash. One NFL agent tweeted that he, too, had players he was hoping to get into a showcase.

“I also have players that haven’t been able to get a workout,
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Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to Perform at Halftime Show at Super Bowl Liv

Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to Perform at Halftime Show at Super Bowl Liv
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira announced on Twitter Thursday that they will be performing at the Super Bowl Liv Pepsi Halftime Show. The performance will air live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on February 2nd.

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez said in a statement. “And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th anniversary, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina.
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Antonio Brown Released By Oakland Raiders After Bizarre YouTube, Instagram Posts – Loses $29M

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Antonio Brown Released By Oakland Raiders After Bizarre YouTube, Instagram Posts – Loses $29M
Update: Antonio Brown was only unemployed for a few hours. The wide receiver has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who spoke to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown reportedly will get a deal worth up to $15 million, Rosenhaus said, with a $9 million signing bonus, $10 million guaranteed, and $5 million in incentives.

He now plays with the all-time greatest quarterback, Tom Brady, and helps Bill Belichick pursue yet another Super Bowl title.

Earlier: Controversial Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown posted a rambling YouTube video of a private conversation he had with Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Friday, then demanded the team release him in an Instagram post on Saturday.

He got his wish, as the Raiders today released him, costing him more than $29 million in guaranteed money.

In the video, Gruden called Brown “misunderstood,” and practically begged Brown to just play football.
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ESPN Analyst Josh McCown Will Return To The NFL As Philadelphia Eagles Backup

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ESPN’s loss is the Philadelphia Eagles gain, as veteran quarterback Josh McCown has opted to leave his position as an analyst with the sports network to return to football.

McCown retired in the off-season after serving as a mentor last year to New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. He will fill the Eagles need for a reliable backup to starter Carson Wentz.

Naturally, the signing was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who noted that the contract was worth $2 million, fully guaranteed, but can be worth up to $5.4 million with incentives. It’s worth noting that the Eagles have had to deploy their backup quarterback twice in the last two years, both times with spectacular results. But Nick Foles’s success led to a massive free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Expected Eagles backup Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist in a preseason game, and third stringer Cody Kessler
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NFL's Jason Pierre-Paul Fractured Neck In Car Crash, Likely Out for Season

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10:19 Am Pt -- Officials say the force of Jpp's car crash caused his airbags to deploy and created "moderate damage" to his SUV ... this according to dispatch audio obtained by TMZ Sports. You can hear officials describe the scene in the clip ... they say the Tampa Bay star's car was "sideways" on I-95 just north of Pembroke Road. Jason Pierre-Paul's car crash was worse than initially thought -- the Tampa Bay Bucs star
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NFL Draft Has ‘Become the Ultimate Reality TV,’ ESPN VP of Production Says

The 2019 NFL Draft smashed records in both attendance and ratings last week, as a total 600,000 people attended the three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee, and an average 6.1 million viewers watched across linear television and digital platforms, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, ABC scored a primetime touchdown with its coverage of Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night, rising 26% in total viewers compared to the first night of last year’s broadcast on Fox.

For those who had doubted that the Music City could pull off football’s second-biggest event after the Super Bowl with such huge success, don’t feel bad — you weren’t alone.

Also Read: ESPN's Coverage of Larry Nassar, Stories of the Survivor Sisters Wins Peabody Award

“The ratings were tremendous. I was a little surprised by how good the ratings were. I thought going in that this Draft wasn’t as sexy as last year’s,
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Marshawn Lynch Retires from NFL, Again

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Marshawn Lynch Retires from NFL, Again
It's over for Marshawn Lynch -- and this time, it's for good!  Beast Mode is reportedly hanging up his football cleats ... again ... retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons in the league, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  The Oakland Raiders running back just turned 33 years old this week -- which is old for an NFL running back -- and "is not planning to play football again." The timing is interesting ... the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off
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LeBron James, Rich Eisen Pay Tribute to Stuart Scott 4 Years After ESPN Star’s Death

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LeBron James, Rich Eisen Pay Tribute to Stuart Scott 4 Years After ESPN Star’s Death
It has been four years since Stuart Scott lost his battle with cancer, but the “boo-yah!” was heard loud and clear on Friday as the sports world paid tribute to the beloved former “SportsCenter” anchor.

“Gone but never forgotten!! Rip @StuartScott. Resting and celebrating each day upstairs,” NBA legend LeBron James tweeted, along with a goat emoji (symbolizing Greatest of All Time).

“Four years later, it still hurts that Stuart Scott is gone. I think of him and my grandmother often, as people I wish I would have talked too more, learned more about and soaked up their presence,” Jemele Hill, who worked with Scott at ESPN, wrote. “Get to know everything about your loved ones today.”

Also Read: 'Shut Up and Dribble' Director Gotham Chopra Says 'Sports and Politics Have Collided for Decades'

ESPN shared a compilation of Scott’s most epic “SportsCenter” commercial moments (there’s a lot!
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Penny Marshall Remembered by Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Hanks and More: ‘So Talented and Funny’

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Penny Marshall Remembered by Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Hanks and More: ‘So Talented and Funny’
Penny Marshall, who died on Monday night at the age of 75, is being remembered by her peers, co-stars and those she inspired as a hilarious and poignant icon in Hollywood.

Marshall was remembered on Twitter on Tuesday for her work directing “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” along with her long-running role as Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne & Shirley.”

“Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot. Wish we still could,” Tom Hanks tweeted.

“R.I.P. Penny Marshall,” comedian Albert Brooks tweeted. “So talented and funny. A big loss.”

Also Read: Penny Marshall, Director and 'Laverne & Shirley' Star, Dies at 75

“I was invited by Penny Marshall to her house one afternoon to talk about a film she was doing. She was so kind to me. She was so smart and funny. I will never forget that afternoon. My heart goes out to her family and friends,” actor Vincent D’Onofrio said.
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Former Bears Player/Coach Mike Ditka Hospitalized With Heart Issue

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Former Bears Player/Coach Mike Ditka Hospitalized With Heart Issue
Mike Ditka, the iconic Chicago Bears tight end and head coach who built an impressive acting career after football was over, has been hospitalized with a heart problem.

Ditka was stricken on Wednesday in Florida, but is recovering and is expected to be released in a few days.

“Coach Ditka had a mild heart attack earlier this week,” his agent, Steve Mandell, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Doctors inserted a pacemaker and he is doing much better. He appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon.”

Ditka’s ferocious on-field presence and his fiery approach to coaching translated well to film and television. Although mostly playing himself, he appeared in everything from Entourage to Cheers to 3rd Rock From The Sun on TV, and in the films Kicking and Screaming and Up, Michigan!

He has also been a notable presence in advertising, appearing in ads for products
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Dez Bryant Fears Torn Achilles After Injury at Saints Practice

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Dez Bryant Fears Torn Achilles After Injury at Saints Practice
2:04 Pm Pt -- Dez just tweeted ... "Things was just starting to heat up for me... I won’t question the man upstairs... this is the ultimate test.. thank you everyone for the prayers."Dez Bryant suffered an injury while practicing with the New Orleans Saints on Friday -- and people are worried it could be a torn Achilles tendon which would end his season. The Wr -- who just signed with the Saints earlier
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Cleveland Browns Fire Hue Jackson After Losing to Steelers

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Another head coach just got the axe in Cleveland -- Hue Jackson has been fired by the Browns after the team racked up its 5th loss of the season.  The 53-year-old has been the head coach of the Browns since 2016 -- but they've been historically Terrible ever since he took over ... 3-36-1 over the last 3 seasons.  Of course, the team went 0-16 last year but had expected big things after bringing on studs like Baker Mayfield,
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Cops ID Patriots Fan Who Threw Beer, Will Be Charged With Crimes

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Cops ID Patriots Fan Who Threw Beer, Will Be Charged With Crimes
1:14 Pm Pt -- The Foxborough Police Dept. has identified the suspect as a 21-year-old man from Massachusetts. Cops say the man will be charged with 2 crimes -- disorderly conduct and "throw object at sporting event." A court date will be set. Cops say they were able to ID the suspect using surveillance video from the stadium. 12:39 Pm Pt -- Tyreek Hill wants the fan who threw beer at him to be arrested and charged,
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Josh Gordon Traded to New England Patriots for 5th Round Pick

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Josh Gordon Traded to New England Patriots for 5th Round Pick
Talk about an upgrade -- Josh Gordon just got shipped from Cleveland to New England where his new quarterback is Tom Brady!!! The Browns announced they were parting ways with the embattled Wr on Saturday -- after he injured his hamstring in a photo shoot.  The Browns had felt they had reached their breaking point with Gordon -- after sticking with him through multiple suspensions stemming from substance abuse issues.  Cleveland had initially (reportedly) planned
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ESPN Shakes Up Its ‘Get Up’ Morning Show

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ESPN has set a radical new game plan for “Get Up!” its ambitious attempt at a morning sports-talk show that has so far failed to gain the network a broader audience in the time slot.

The Walt Disney-owned network said co-host Michelle Beadle, one of its most colorful and distinctive personalities, would leave the program as of August 29, and move to Los Angeles to focus more intently on her other duties at ESPN as the host of its popular “NBA Countdown.” The basketball program had originated from ESPN’s Los Angeles production facilities before moving to New York to accommodate Beadle’s new morning duties as well as those of “Get Up” co-host Jalen Rose. The former NBA star is expected to continue working on “Get Up” when “he has no ‘NBA Countdown’ responsibilities in Los Angeles,” the network said.

ESPN will also cut “Get Up” to two hours from three,
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Jameis Winston to Be Suspended For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Uber Driver

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Jameis Winston to Be Suspended For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Uber Driver
Tampa Bay Bucs Qb Jameis Winston is expected to be suspended for 3 games by the NFL over an incident in which he allegedly grabbed a female Uber driver's crotch, according to ESPN.  As we previously reported, Winston has Denied sexually assaulting the woman during a boozy ride in Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2016.  But the alleged victim is adamant Winston "reached over and put his fingers on my crotch. It wasn't accidental." The NFL investigated the allegation and,
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Join Tom Brady And Challenge Yourself To Change Lives At The 19th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port

Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Idd), is pleased to announce that the 19th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port , presented by Pepsi-Cola and Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation, will take place June 1-2.

More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity ride, run, and walk to benefit Best Buddies International.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair, along with Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III. During the Challenge, Event Chair Ted English, Executive Chairman of Bob’s Discount Furniture, will help honor Eaton Vance Management with the 2018 Spirit of Leadership award.

“Best Buddies is a fantastic organization with a great message to spread, and I am so proud to support their work,” said Best Buddies Global Ambassador Tom Brady.
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Jon Gruden Inking $100 Million Contract to Coach Raiders

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Today's Gruden Grinder goes to Jon Gruden's Agent -- who's reportedly landing a $100 Million contract for Chucky to coach the Raiders.  Just win, baby!!!! The deal is reportedly $100 mil for 10 years, the longest coaching deal in NFL history according to Adam Schefter.  Gruden hasn't coached in the NFL since 2008 and has since worked as a color commentator and featured on-air personality for Espn, where he's reportedly one of their highest paid employees.  Gruden famously won
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