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Rockies’ Gonzalez scratched with back spasms

jets_058Colorado cleanup hitter Carlos Gonzalez experienced back spasms Saturday and was scratched from the Rockies’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Noel Cuevas replaced him in right field and Trevor Story moved up a slot to replace Gonzalez in the lineup.

Before the game, the Rockies also recalled left-handed pitcher Sam Howard from Triple-A Albuquerque to take the roster spot of left-handed reliever Harrison Musgrave, who was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather.

Manager Bud Black said Musgrave is expected back Wednesday.

Lester (7-2) allowed a two-out triple in the third to Austin Meadows, then retired Marte on a groundout. The left-hander struck out five and walked two in seven innings, improving to 5-1 in his past six starts.

Justin Wilson worked a perfect eighth, Steve Cishek retired all three batters in the ninth for his second save and the Cubs remained a half-game behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

Nick Kingham (2-3) allowed both runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in seven games and has dropped seven straight series. The Pirates are 5-16 following a 26-17 start.

Buehler began Friday with four perfect innings and was still cruising in the sixth when manager Dave Roberts became concerned about a drop in Buehler’s velocity. Roberts and a trainer ran to the mound and spoke with Buehler before removing him. Roberts said Buehler was having some difficulty breathing.

The team plans to have Dr. Neal ElAttrache review CT scans and X-rays of Buehler’s ribs.

A timetable, right now, is really wide open because we don’t want to jeopardize anything with his mechanics or anything to be compromised, Roberts said. We want to make sure he’s in a good spot physically and mentally before he makes another start.

The Dodgers have been plagued by injuries, especially to the starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dennis Santana are all on the disabled list. Santana was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday with a right rotator cuff strain.

It’s possible Buehler could land on the DL, too.

Terrell Owens rips Jason Garrett, says it’s ‘mind-boggling’ the Cowboys’ coach still has job

Terrell Owens ripped Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in a radio interview Wednesday, saying at one point that he believes it’s “mind-boggling” that Garrett still has a job.

The 44-year-old Owens also drew an NBA comparison, pointing to the Toronto Raptors’ recent firing of head coach Dwane Casey. Casey went 320-238 (.573) in seven seasons with five playoff appearances, including one trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Garrett has gone 67-53 (.558) in seven-plus seasons with two playoff appearances.

(Casey) was voted unanimous coach of the year, has taken Toronto to the playoffs, had three straight years of winning 50-plus games and then they don’t make it beyond what the expectations are within that organization and he gets fired, Owens said on The Fan. “And then you have Jason Garrett, who has no accomplishments, not even close to that, and he continues to still have a job.

It all boils down to players being the scapegoat for his inability to lead the team as he should. For me, it’s mind-boggling. I don’t understand it. And I think Jerry (Jones) — again, he’s the owner at the end of the day, he has to feel good with himself about the decisions — but I just don’t understand why this guy still has a job.

Schneider, and his wife, Jill, bought the home in 2015 for just over $2.8 million, according to property records. The 32-year-old goalie has been on the Devils since he was traded to the franchise from the Vancouver Canucks in 2013.

Located on half an acre in ritzy Short Hills, the 2015-built home has six bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms and has “a fabulous modern vibe for today’s lifestyle,” according to the listing.

On the first floor, the home has a chef’s kitchen that is adjoined by a breakfast area and a butler’s pantry that has a wet bar and wine fridge.

The master suite, which has a gas fireplace and a marble bathroom with a steam shower and heated floors, is on the second floor, as are four other bedrooms, according to the listing.

The home also has various entertainment options. The basement level of the home features a recreation room, an exercise room, a full bathroom and a humidity-controlled wine cellar. The private backyard has a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen.cowboys_070

Eagles LB Paul Worrilow will miss 2018 season with torn ACL

For Eagles fans, the excitement of seeing Carson Wentz on the field for the first day of OTAs was quickly extinguished when linebacker Paul Worrilow was carted off the field after colliding with a teammate.

Finally, the Golden Knights are Canada’s team because Canada needs a Vegas Stanley Cup win as much as the NHL needs a Vegas Stanley Cup win. It needs something unpredictable, uncategorical, unquantifiable and unbelievable. It needs a playoff newbie to burn postseason norms in a bonfire of the vanities. It needs every single owner to look at every single general manager with narrowed eyes when it’s suggested ancillary players are given fat and happy contracts, instead of keeping them hungry like the Knights are. It needs an expansion team to win the Stanley Cup to underscore that no one knows anything.

And if they win … well, that’s a lot of revenue pouring into one franchise, which means they probably wouldn’t require revenue-sharing welfare — which would be very Canadian of them.

Goodwin broke into the league as a wide receiver with the Steelers in 2014, but was converted to cornerback by the Falcons a couple of years later. He played in 26 games for Atlanta in 2016 and 2017 and closed out last season with two appearances for the Cardinals.

The 49ers waived wide receiver DeAndre Carter to make room for Goodwin on their roster. He spent last season on their practice squad.

“We are proud of the work the league and our players have done over the course of the year to help strengthen our communities, raise awareness on issues of social injustice, and help find solutions. The policy instituted today will have no effect on that whatsoever. Our communication has been strong with the leaders of our team and that will continue. I plan on meeting with Coach (Sean) McDermott, (general manager) Brandon Beane and players in the near future to reiterate that.” ravens_145

Brian Gaine, Bill O’Brien laud Texans synergy after Gaine’s first draft in Houston

When Brian Gaine was hired as the new General Manager of the Houston Texans in January, Gaine spoke glowingly about how he and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien were “philosophically aligned” in terms of their vision for how to construct and a run a football operation.

The NFL Draft provided one of the early opportunities for that joint philosophy to be put on display as the franchise moves forward without Rick Smith running the show. Smith took a leave of absence in January to help tend to his cancer-stricken wife.

“We have a lot of the same philosophy as to how to build a football culture, a football team. We believe in the same things,” O’Brien said. “There’s a lot of common language that we use and we talk all the time. We communicate really well.”

If things really were as poor between Smith and O’Brien as it appears, the change appears to have significantly lessened tensions within the team at the very least. Now it’s up to Gaine and O’Brien to turn their shared vision into a success on the field. They’re quite happy with how things have gone so far.

That still may not save the play. Via Batista, Packers CEO Mark Murphy believes that the kickoff rules will be looked at from season to season, with a “short leash” applied to the question of whether the reconfigured play reduces injuries. If not, the kickoff will eventually be gone.

These are the first substantive changes to the play that the NFL candidly calls the most dangerous in the game. Past adjustments had more to do with fewer instances of the play, via the promotion of more touchbacks. Now, the play actually will change.

The overriding goal is simple and clear: Reduce the high-impact collisions that occur when two players run directly at each other, at full speed. It’s a cocktail of Newtonian physics that results in major forces being applied to the human spine (specifically the C4-C5 area) when players instinctively dip their helmets at impact. If successful, these changes will reduce some of the factors that go into an equation that currently combines for a potentially explosive outcome.broncos_046_2d0928ff97f80230-180x180

So what does this new trend toward franchise quarterback hypersensitivity tell us?

For one, how far removed these individuals have become from not just from fans, but from their own teammates.

Putting personal feelings or goals before the good of the team is the NFL’s cardinal sin, and superstar quarterbacks are supposed to be without sin. But something has recently changed. Now, top-tier quarterbacks feel free to snub rookies and question team decisions. And the better the quarterback, the more un-leaderlike behavior he can get away with.

Perhaps a little free speech and free thought by the quarterback 1-percenters isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe we’re the problem for expecting veteran quarterbacks to claim that they are thrilled to groom their eventual replacements, even though we know it’s a heap of hooey. We might all be a little saner if we allowed our quarterbacks to act a little more human.

It goes without saying that any of these quarterbacks could take a stand for something more meaningful than their own job satisfaction. Barring something so radical, we’d settle for hearing them just get real about the fact that they don’t like getting old, suddenly competing for their jobs, watching old friends move on or taking orders from the same guy for 17 years.

Their real frankness would be refreshing. Real leaders, after all, know when to be a little bit vulnerable. But quarterbacks today would rather try to maintain their fearless-leader facades while sounding like kids about to throw a tantrum because there wasn’t enough icing on their slices of birthday cake.

Let’s hope this new phenomenon doesn’t last long. Because no one wants their leaders to be rich, powerful, tough-talking guys who cannot admit that to themselves that they are really, deeply sensitive.sharks-027