Brian Urlacher disappointed Darren Woodson isn’t joining him in the Hall of Fame

Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson was among the preliminary nominees for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but he didn’t make the cut. One player who did make the cut isn’t happy about that.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who will be enshrined in Canton in August, said that it frustrates him that Woodson has been voted down by the selection committee.

Last year, anthem protests were a toxic subject that dominated the season, as players kneeling, sitting, and raising fists during the national anthem caused fan anger, sponsorship and advertiser fallout, and may have contributed to an overall decline in television ratings.

According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, Cook was cleared to return to team drills on Monday as the Vikings move through their final week of OTAs. He had been limited to individual drills and rehab work up until this point.

Michael Thomas, a safety for the New York Giants who last year knelt during the anthem as a member of the Miami Dolphins, indicated in an NJ.com report that he would discuss what to do in the coming season with teammates, something new head coach Pat Shurmur also indicated would happen. It’s bigger than us,Thomas said. A lot of people try to make it about something else than what it is. For me and my brothers, we know in our hearts why we’re doing it.

The Panthers likely have the same idea, although exactly how that complementary relationship breaks down remains a question that the team has to answer. McCaffrey ran the ball 117 times as a rookie while Jonathan Stewart toted the rock 198 times and head coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that he thinks McCaffrey would be just fine if he wound up around Stewart’s total in 2018.

Everybody forgets when he was in college he ran between the tackles more than anybody and he touched the ball more than anybody, Rivera said, via ESPN.com. So I don’t see why not.

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Bill Self takes blame for ‘bad decision’ in Jayhawks’ loss to Oklahoma

Kansas coach Bill Self called it a bad decision to leave Udoka Azubuike on the floor after the 7-foot center missed six free throws down the stretch of an 85-80 loss to Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Hopefully it doesn’t hurt him moving forward, Self said of Azubuike, who finished the game with nine points and six rebounds.

I’ve always been a big believer that you send a bad message to somebody when you don’t have confidence in him. Especially when you know he’s going to have to play every big minute late in the season against good competition.

The RedHawks made 11 of 23 3-pointers and had 17 assists on 25 made field goals in the road win, their fifth this season. Miami was 1-13 on the road last season.

Kevin McKay led Central Michigan (13-7, 2-5) with 17 points — all in the second half — and eight rebounds, Shawn Roundtree added 15 points and Cecil Williams 14. The Chippewas were 9 of 28 from behind the 3-point arc and shot 38 percent from the floor in all (23 of 61).

Luke Meyer, MAC West Player of the Week, was held to three points (1-of-3 shooting) in 20 minutes.

That sums this game up entirely. The Jaguars are young, brash, talented and confident. The Patriots are old, reserved, wily and don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

This is only the first of many Jimmy G stories to come over the next two months (and decades). Garoppolo’s status in San Francisco will be highly monitored, not only because it will set the course for the franchise, but because it might set the market for quarterbacks, many more prolific, in need of new deals — Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan.

Will the Niners treat Garoppolo like one of those league stalwarts and sign him through the next half-decade or get mired in contract details and end up tagging the young star? That’s for Lynch to work out.

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World Series MVP David Freese opens up about depression, alcohol abuse

Although he now plays for the rival Pirates, David Freese gets applauded every time he come to the plate at Busch Stadium as Cardinals fans still honor their hometown hero, who grew up in metro St. Louis.

Freese blasted an 11th-inning walk-off home run to beat the Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series en route to MVP honors but the now 33-year-old admits he never should have been lauded by the Cardinals after everything he put them through.

Ilitch companies employ 23,000 full-time and part-time colleagues worldwide, according to the Detroit Free Press. The companies posted revenues of $3.4 billion in 2016. In 2016, Forbes magazine listed Ilitch and his wife, Marian as the No. 88 wealthiest people with a net worth of $5.4 billion. Marian, who owns the Motor City Casino, was married to Mike for 61 years.

In 1982, Ilitch bought the Red Wings for $8 million and turned the franchise into a success story all professional sports teams came to adorn. The Wings have made the playoffs 25 years in a row under Ilitch.

Ilitch bought the Tigers in 1992 from Dominos Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and eventually turned the team from losers into big-spending winners. He moved the Tigers into Comerica Park in 2000 and experienced his players win everything from the MVP to Cy Young Award. A World Series title, however, eluded him.

By Wins Above Average, the chasm between Stieb and Morris in the ‘80s is even wider: 28.1, best in the decade for Stieb; 9.0, 31st-best for Morris.

He was an awesome pitcher,” Stieb said. He was an animal, a bulldog-like [workhorse], and wanted to win like no one else. I totally respect him and his skills and what he did. But if you had to look at everything, I think I was the best.”

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