Aguilar connects in 9th for 2nd HR, Brewers beat Cards 2-1

Neither Jesus Aguilar nor Bud Norris wanted to let their team down.

Aguilar succeeded twice.

Aguilar homered to break up rookie Jack Flaherty’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning, then homered again in the ninth to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night.

Both teams got just three hits. The benches and bullpens briefly cleared in the eighth after Eric Sogard slid into St. Louis shortstop Yairo Munoz, who caught a wide throw on a bunt play in the eighth.

Norris (3-2) started the ninth for the Cardinals by striking out Travis Shaw. But, Aguilar followed with an opposite-field drive to right for his 16th home run.

He was dominating the strike zone tonight, and I think we got lucky, he said. We tied the game in the moment. It’s a new game, and we’re moving forward, thinking we’re going to win this game.

Flaherty matched a career high by striking out 13 in seven innings, allowing just one hit. The Cardinals played stellar defense behind him after giving up six unearned runs with a season-high four errors in Thursday’s 11-3 loss to Milwaukee. Munoz robbed Jonathan Villar of a base hit in the fifth with a nice running backhand stab of a liner tailing away from him.

That was unbelievable, Molina said of Flaherty’s performance. Good pitching, good effort. Everything was working for him. We didn’t hit enough to get him the win tonight.

The issue isn’t with Rosario, it’s simply the situation the Cubs find themselves in: Closer Brandon Morrow is on the disabled list with back tightness after injuring himself getting undressed, and lights-out setup man Carl Edwards Jr. also is down, a shoulder ailment keeping him from pitching. Veteran lefty Brian Duensing — who would have been an option to face Winker on Thursday — is on the bereavement list.

When you have less than everybody, it just has to be all hands on deck, manager Joe Maddon said before the game.

Without the aforementioned veterans, others have had to pick up the slack. Steve Cishek and Pedro Strop are the Cubs’ two most reliable relievers right now, but they can’t pitch every night. It means the shuttle between Triple-A and the big leagues will continue as the team tries to mix and match with fresh arms.

It’s a work in progress that has mostly worked for them this season — at least until Thursday. Cubs relievers have lost the fewest games of any bullpen in the major leagues. The likes of Justin Hancock, Anthony Bass, Rob Zastryzny, Cory Mazzoni — and Rosario — have done a good job, along with the Cubs’ A hurlers. But they’re all in survival mode now. Playing without Morrow has really thrown back-end roles for a loop. In fact, it’s why Rosario has been able to ascend: He’s been forced into high-leverage situations and mostly succeeded.

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First, though, he needs to stay healthy and prove himself all over again. He has a lot riding on this season.

It’s big, because I love it here. I’d like to finish my career here, he said. I want to come out and have a great year, and I believe I will [if] I stay healthy, God-willing, and I know I will.

When I come out here I’m going to hit the field running — fast, hard and being a leader on the field for the offense.

A week after being arrested on a burglary charge, Kellen Winslow Jr. now faces multiple sex-crime counts in San Diego that could land him prison for life.

I have only visited Duke, UVA and Rutgers with my mom, he said. I’m taking an official visit to Northwestern this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it.

Any other official visits on tap?

On my bye week during the season in late September starting on the 28th I’m taking an official to Cal, he said. And as of right now, I’m not sure what other schools I plan on using my official visits to yet.

Franks is the son of David Franks, a former NFL offensive lineman drafted in 1989 by the Seattle Seahawks. He finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992.

Some of the schools Franks holds offers from includes Arizona, Baylor, Boston College, Cal, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Louisville, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia and UCF, to name a few.

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The former NFL quarterback was a spectator for Hamilton starter Jeremiah Masoli on Saturday as the Tiger-Cats fell 28-14 to the Calgary Stampeders in the first game of the CFL season.

For Severino, that 2016 season serves as a reminder.

As he cruises through the competition, he has every reason to believe in himself. If any bumps should pop up on his way to what looks like another award-worthy campaign, he knows he can overcome them. He’s drawn from his past shortcomings.

That’s what has made him so successful.

When stuff is going bad, Severino learned, you can fix it.

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Julio Jones’ contract situation

The Falcons announced Monday that Jones won’t be attending their upcoming mandatory minicamp. While this isn’t a call to battle stations, the ship has moved to yellow alert.

Jones will be a Falcon in 2018 (most likely). The two sides will work out a new deal (most likely).

But when a player starts missing mandatory parts of the schedule, that isn’t good.

It isn’t catastrophic by any means. But it means that Jones, who league sources have told me wants to be highest-paid receiver in football, feels a contract resolution isn’t close enough for him to attend camp.

Most league sources I speak to think Earl Thomas and the Seahawks will indeed work out a new deal.

I’m skeptical because the Seahawks are cleaning house, having jettisoned veterans like Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett this offseason. They see Thomas as part of that group.

I had never seen this video of Brett Favre speaking with Jon Gruden. It’s amazing.

If you want to take a glimpse inside the mind of one of the best ever to play quarterback, watch it.

Right down to the moment when he says he wanted to switch from a run call to a pass play but didn’t want to tell the coach, it’s vintage Favre.

Said Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin, It’s actually easy being left handed to cope with moving to the other side. Now it gives me a chance to take on that number one spot and continue to push everybody else. That’s what I’m working on most this year. I want to gain everybody’s trust, so they know they can count on me.

When the Ravens got a hat on a hat, Collins was one of the most talented runners last season. If he can do more as a pass-catcher than he has so far, he may develop into one of the better all-around backs in the league.

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No, I’m not thinking about it, he said of his contract, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

Ansah has been limited by knee and ankle injuries in recent years, but bounced back with 12.0 sacks last year. That nine of those sacks came in three-sack bursts in three games is good, but the 29-year-old’s physical status makes it reasonable to wonder about the wisdom of a long-term deal.

Asked if he was taking it easy this week because of the knee, Ansah replied: I’m just adhering to what the medical staff and the coaches are asking of me.

He also wouldn’t say whether he anticipates practicing fully once training camp opens in July. At least by then, he’ll have clarity on his contract situation, whether it’s a bigger deal or the one-year, $17.143 million franchise tag.

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We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans.

Sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Jones’ side sent a proposal to the Falcons, the response was not satisfactory, and Jones did not see fit to attend the mandatory minicamp at this time.

Julio Jones did not show up for any part of Atlanta’s voluntary workouts, including organized team activities, and plans to skip the mandatory minicamp June 12-14. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
Jones has three years and almost $35 million remaining on his contract. He is aware of the seven other receivers who average more than his $14.25 million per year, led by Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown at $17 million per year. When Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension in August 2015, he received $47 million guaranteed. That’s the same amount of guaranteed money Jarvis Landry received after being traded from Miami to Cleveland.

The Falcons understand Jones’ contract concerns Jeff Bagwell Jersey and seem willing to work with him at some point. Jones did not show up for any part of voluntary workouts, including organized team activities. He’ll face maximum fines of $14,070, $28,140, and $42,215 for missing mandatory minicamp Tuesday through Thursday.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn initially said he expected Jones at camp but didn’t say that message was relayed directly from Jones.

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Lance Zierlein named the 12th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft as a breakout player for 2018, while Gregg Rosenthal mentioned Rankins as a key homegrown player for the Saints.

I obviously take the compliment; thank you, Rankins said with a smile Thursday following the team’s organized team activity. Every time I approach this game, every time I touch the field, I’m looking to make plays and be a big part of this defensive success. I’m glad people are taking notice, but it’s still on me to go out there and prove those guys right.

Clark won a second Super Bowl title with the 49ers before retiring in 1987, after catching 506 passes for 6,750 yards — still third in San Francisco history, behind Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens — and 48 touchdowns, and being selected for two Pro Bowls. He went on to become the team’s president of football operations in 1998, then departed a year later for a three-year stint as the general manager of the Browns, who were returning to the NFL after a three-year absence.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday on Up To The Minute Live that player control is one aspect of the new contract that is extremely important to Rodgers, according to sources briefed on the negotiations. How much built-in control will Rodgers have on his future?

In 2013, Rodgers signed a five-year extension that put him under team control through the 2019 season. Since then, the All-World quarterback has seen some far lesser signal-callers leapfrog him in pay. Rodgers’ $22 million per season average ranks 10th among QBs, behind Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Alex Smith and Joe Flacco.

If Rodgers signs another five-year extension, that would put him under team control through 2024 when he’s 41 years old. Such a long deal would surely lead to another game of leapfrog in which Rodgers sees worse quarterbacks get paid more.

Garafolo reported Rodgers David Backes Jersey would like some sort of out clause in an extension that would allow the QB to control his ability Ryan Miller Authentic Jersey to renegotiate a new deal.

One problem in Rodgers earning such an opt-out: Why would the Packers give up leverage?

Coach Matt Nagy called it without a doubt the right thing to do.

I was happy for him, Nagy said. We talked along with (general manager Ryan Pace) and it’s a good story and it needed to be done.

Miller signed a futures contract with the Bears at the end of the 2013 season. After spending 2014 on injured reserve, he started 28 of 33 games while making 101 receptions for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns the past three years. He also spent three seasons with Jacksonville.

But as I sit and I watch and I see the weapons that we have and what we’ve added, the dynamic ability that we have as a collective group, positive future here and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Though not said expressly by Krovatin, the Skibas also may be surprised because they cooperated with the lawsuit, saying what needed to be said to push back against the allegations. But it’s hardly uncommon for a company to rally around the employees whose conduct gave rise to a lawsuit, ensuring their cooperation with the reality of ongoing employment and the vague promise that the relationship will continue until the case goes away. And then the employees whose behavior fell at the heart of the lawsuit go away, too.

Absent a settlement agreement of their own that gives the Skibas severance pay in exchange for silence, the Giants may have to worry about what Joe and Ed Skiba may say.

Consider this exchange of text messages from May 2016 between the Skibas, as reported last year by the Washington Post.

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And now, one of the last holdouts says he’s not sure whether he’ll stand or not.

Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills didn’t rule out breaking the league’s new rule (for which teams, not individuals can be fined).

Instead, the league took the perceived as the path of least resistance, leaving players like Stills to decide if they want to continue to resist.

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Howard, a fifth-round pick in 2016, has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to start his career. He has 2,435 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in his two seasons.

But will Nagy use him as a traditional bell-cow running back?

He’s proven that he’s done that, so that’s for sure, Nagy said. In this offense, it’s more game specific, as to whether Richard Dent Womens Jersey or not you need that.

Howard, 23, has worked hard on his receiving skills this offseason. He made only 52 catches for 423 yards and one touchdown, with several big drops, the past two seasons.

He throws the ball to me himself, Howard said of Nagy. He helps me work on my [catching].
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The Steelers will play in their first game against the Ravens on Sunday since Ryan Shazier’s horrific injury happened on Monday, and his teammates are planning to honor him in a special way.

Antonio Brown shared a video on Snapchat of customized yellow cleats that have Shazier’s face on them. The cleats also have the No. 50, #shalieve and a picture of a lion, which represents a motivational symbol that Shazier has been known to use on social media.

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We have an opportunity to re-establish ourselves at home, get a big win, keep ourselves alive, and then roll the dice into Game 7, Curry said. Not all is lost.

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The Rockets believe they can absorb this loss and don’t seem daunted by the setback, noting that they found ways to win in the regular season in many games where Paul sat out with injuries.

I don’t have a doubt, D’Antoni said. They see the challenge… whether CP’s there or not, it’s a heck of a challenge, and they’re up to it. They’re looking forward to it.

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