Julian Edelman: I am very sorry

Word broke on Thursday that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

On Friday, Edelman issued an apologetic statement on his Instagram page that did not delve into any details about what triggered the suspension.

Jones, 29, is due $10.5 million in base salary this season and $12.5 million in 2019 as part of a five-year, $71.3 million extension with $47 million guaranteed he signed in August 2015. His annual average of $14.3 million currently ranks eighth among NFL wideouts, trailing four players ( Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry and Davante Adams ) who have signed new extensions since late December.

So Wilcox, a 27-year-old safety, is now flying to New Jersey, ready to sign with the Jets.

This is the second consecutive offseason that Wilcox has had an odd switch from one team to another. Last year he signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Buccaneers in the offseason, but he was traded to the Steelers before the start of the regular season. The Steelers cut him in April.

Now Wilcox will sign with the Jets, and perhaps stay there longer than he lasted with the Buccaneers and Steelers — and certainly longer than he lasted with the 49ers.

But again, that doesn’t mean all this offseason drama couldn’t bite them down the line in the playoffs, when the margin for error shrinks. Or with how their young players develop over the next few years. Everything clearly hasn’t been fine with the Patriots over the last year, nor has everything been fixed since the season ended. One thing’s for sure: The next few months won’t be boring.

When Atlanta’s Matt Ryan signed his five-year, $150 million deal in May, the NFL crossed a significant divide in the way its quarterbacks are compensated compared to how everyone else is paid. The $30 million average-per-year barrier was crossed by a quarterback before any other position saw a player hit $20 million APY. That’s one reason why the Raiders and Rams find themselves in a sticky situation with the league’s last two Defensive Players of the Year.

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Malcolm Jenkins declines to answer questions about White House cancellation

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the players at the forefront of the league’s social-justice movement, met with reporters on Wednesday, for the first time since the President canceled the team’s visit to the White House.

Jenkins had nothing to say about the situation.

Via Sheil Kapadia of TheAthletic.com, Jenkins instead held up signs with handwritten messages, including one that said, You’re not listening. Other signs contained complaints about the realities of the criminal justice system, which Jenkins has been working hard to reform.

Why does that matter? Because contracts for defensive players haven’t really moved since Suh got paid. Von Miller’s 2016 deal, coming on the franchise tag, was largely the same as Suh’s, and landed at 78 percent of what Andrew Luck was making then. Quarterback contracts, meanwhile, keep moving up. Let’s say, based on those numbers, that Donald and Mack get 80 percent of what the top quarterback is getting.

Given that Owens played for so many teams — and routinely nuked the bridge back to each one — it’s possible that Owens realized during his initial visit to Canton that: (1) Hall of Fame weekend won’t be cheap; and (2) the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and/or Bengals won’t be chipping in to cover the tab.

If Owens can instead persuade another network to televise an induction party, at which Owens would deliver his speech, the network would foot the bill for the event. And Owens would have a one-man Hall of Fame party that potentially will upstage the official enshrinement of Owens and seven others.

Interestingly enough, it was Bryce Callahan of the Bears who was tied with McCain. Callahan is regarded as one of the better slot corners in football, and his agent will surely take note of McCain’s extension. Callahan is scheduled to become a free agent after the coming season. For McCain, he’s getting a substantial raise after earning only $1,803,288 through the first three years of career, according to Spotrac.

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J.J. Watt writes prescription for three chill pills for Bill O’Brien

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt received his honorary doctorate degree from Baylor College of Medicine this week. Coach Bill O’Brien was asked Wednesday if Watt would insist on being called Dr. Watt.

He wrote me up a prescription this morning, O’Brien said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. He told me to take three chill pills a day and call him in the morning. I thought I’ve been more chilled out, but I guess he doesn’t think so.

Silver said with more states offering legalized sports gambling, the league wants a piece of the action to offset its additional costs.

One of the issues we had on the table and have been seeking is a so-called ‘integrity fee.’ And the notion of the integrity fee is that, as we’re now dealing potentially with 50 different jurisdictions, all with differing permutations of sports betting law, it’s going to dramatically increase the enforcement cost for the league office, Silver said. So we think the integrity fee is something we’re entitled to because we have the additional cost. Call it a royalty; call it an integrity fee. We will have additional expenses, and it’s ultimately our intellectual property and we ultimately believe we should be compensated for it.

He was on the Bengals’ practice squad during the 2017 regular season.

Orndoff started 23 of 45 career games for the University of Pittsburgh and totaled 58 receptions for 897 yards with 13 touchdowns from 2013-16.

I wouldn’t over-evaluate who is getting the first-team reps, head coach Pat Shurmur said, but I think if you’re talking about Pio specifically, he has really sort of opened his eyes that he has a chance to play.

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Griffin listens intently and scowls.

The edge isn’t going anywhere, he says. That edge has been building since I was four years old. People start getting their edge when they start getting good at football—at an older age—but I got this when I was young. I’ve been doubted since I was four years old playing football.

It only grows. It never weakens.

He wants everyone to know his twin is an athlete like everyone else, that Griffin has no limitations and is without a doubt the best defensive player in the draft.

The only thing he has to do is be Shaquem Griffin, Shaquill says. If he can be Shaquem Griffin when he gets to the league, he has nothing to worry about.

The first will be familiar to everyone already glued to this feel-good story. Griffin was four years old…in the kitchen…holding a knife…ready to slice off his deformed left hand. Every time he bumped it, it hurt. He couldn’t play ball with his brothers. His mother seized the knife and had a doctor amputate the hand the next day.

What most may not know, though, is what happened when the Griffins got home. Mom instructed Griffin not to muddy up that bandage. He ignored her and played football. Needed to play football. And he was the happiest four-year-old on the planet.

No wonder he describes that second crossroads almost as an incarceration. Those first three years at Central Florida—under head coach George O’Leary—Griffin was stuck on the scout team as his twin flourished. Stuck in Unit 412, Room C. He’s not letting O’Leary off the hook yet, no. He says he pleaded his case for playing countless times to coaches, and they’d say whatever they could to get him out of the room.

Under O’Leary, he felt like a charity case.

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Twitter is convinced Tom Brady is the man who threatened Stormy Daniels over Trump lawsuit

Daniels herself assured The View on air that the sketch was accurate according to her memory — recollections of a man threatening her in front of her then-infant daughter and telling her not to speak of her 2006 encounter with Trump. She made no suggestion, however, that said man was also Tom Brady.

As soon as that sketch made its way to Twitter, well, Twitter’s tweeters did exactly as you’d expect them to do — they hunted for culprits. And one of the most popular ones, by far, had to be Brady, the same New England Patriots quarterback who once said a Trump presidency would be great and whose team once handcrafted a Super Bowl ring for Trump.

It that’s time of year; the misinformation is flowing and I don’t expect the next 20 minutes to be any different, Keim said, opening the interview session that lasted just a tad longer than 20 minutes.

Want to know whom the Cardinals plan to take with the 15th overall pick? Forget it. Want to know if they’re willing to make a splash and trade up to snag one of the top four quarterback prospects? Nice try. Keim and Wilks weren’t about to tip their hand on any front other than to say they’re preparing as hard as ever for this year’s draft, which will be held next Thursday through Saturday, and they hope they nail it.

About the only thing Keim was willing to unveil is that the team’s primary draft board will be set by Friday, when the Cardinals will have their top 120 players ranked in order. He added that the organization has prepared 5,000 reports involving some 200 players and that the club has left no stone unturned from big schools to small schools, and we’ve certainly searched high and low.

Not for nothing, but Carroll responded last month to Sherman’s claims that Carroll’s style was meant more for college, saying that Sherman has been saying stuff his whole career, so this is nothing different. I’ve been through so much of what he has said, I take it all with a grain of salt. He’s just battling. He’s just trying to figure it out.

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Same case as Robinson, but probably at a higher number. Watkins didn’t put up big numbers in the Rams’ offense but is still viewed by many as a top talent. — Graziano

The leaguewide demand at quarterback could obviously lead to a long-term deal, but Bradford’s knee is enough of a concern at this point that he might have to pick a spot (Arizona?) where he can prove himself healthy for a year before hitting the market again for one more big payday. — Graziano

Injuries have defined his career so far, but when he has been on the field, he has shown himself to be a strong option in the red zone. The tight end market should be interesting, and a lot of teams are looking, but Eifert has a lot to prove before he can get his long-term deal. — Graziano

He was aware of what I was doing and obviously I was aware of what he was doing, Olson said. His name was plastered everywhere. We just talked to each other and he asked if I was getting hounded by the media. I was like, ‘Uhh, honestly, no.’ I feel like nobody knows. It was good. I told him, ‘Stay healthy, keep it up, and good luck the rest of the way.’

Hoskins went on a riveting run with 11 homers in 79 at-bats in August before Olson topped it with 13 long balls in 79 ABs in September. For the season, Olson averaged one homer every 7.88 at-bats — the fourth-best ratio ever for a hitter with at least 200 plate appearances. Only Barry Bonds (in 2001), and Mark McGwire (in 1998 and 2000) have surpassed it.

My wife and I talk about my struggles, Bosh says. You have to have those conversations. A lot of guys in this league don’t talk to their wives. They go on the road, do what they want to do, they figure, ‘This is basketball, she won’t understand.’ It’s easy to keep that divide when you are playing. But when you are in the house 24/7, it’s a whole different world. It’s a sensitive topic, but it’s important. My wife and I are one person. I’m very lucky to be able to say that.

She has helped me realize I have to move on, create a new life. I’m a husband, I’m a father, and I’ve got to dive into that now.

In the meantime, Bosh says he’s navigating bills, doctor’s appointments and his financial portfolio. The next big thing has yet to materialize in his mind.

I have millions of dollars and I don’t know finance, Bosh says. I’ve had some bad things happen in my career. I’ve got to educate myself. I sit down with my finance guy once a month and go over everything, line by line.

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To restate what I told you yesterday, the final month of the NBA season can look a lot like chaos. This is also the time of year when the fantasy playoffs get into full swing. For those playing DFS, the action will continues hot and heavy right on through the NBA playoffs. Speaking personally, I’ve actually had relatively more DFS success during this chaos period than at any other time of the season, perhaps because I’m able to find some order in the chaos.

As I’ve said for the past two seasons: The Capitals need someone to clear the Pittsburgh Penguins off the road to a championship. Washington is 0-and-3 against Sidney Crosby in the postseason, with Pittsburgh winning the Stanley Cup each time it has thwarted the Caps. I don’t believe that the Capitals can beat Pittsburgh, and whether it’s against the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils or Columbus Blue Jackets in round one, I think the Penguins will advance. Which means the Capitals’ season will probably end in the semifinals — again.

He was averaging a team-leading 22.7 points and an NBA-high 2.4 blocks per game at the time of the injury, which occurred when Porzingis landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot after converting a dunk during a loss to Milwaukee in early February.

His injury had a ripple effect for New York this season. Before Porzingis went down, the Knicks remained hopeful of making a playoff run. With Porzingis out, the Knicks recalibrated and have been playing younger players such as Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke more over the remainder of the season.

They had lost 15 of their past 16 games entering Tuesday’s game against Dallas and hope to add an elite player in the 2018 NBA draft.

Karlsson put the Golden Knights ahead 2-1 six minutes into the third period with their second power-play goal. Mrazek made a pad save on Shea Theodore’s deflection, but the puck went right to Karlsson and he fired into the open net for his team-leading 36th goal. Jonathan Marchessault picked up an assist, upping his team-best total to 66 points.

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Former OC Don Treadwell rejoining Spartans in variety of roles

Former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell is returning to the Spartans’ staff.

The school announced Monday that Treadwell will help coach defensive backs and special teams while also serving as an offensive consultant. He’ll also be the team’s freshman head coach — a new role created to support the growth and development of first-year players.

It was defense, coach Luke Walton said. Our defense was awesome tonight. That was the challenge all day to the guys. It doesn’t matter who’s out, how many guys are out, if we defend the way we’re capable and compete on that end of the floor.

The Lakers held Indiana to 38.1 percent shooting, including a miserable 2 of 25 from 3-point range.

We missed shots, turned the ball over and they made shots, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. That was really the game.

The Lakers first grabbed control in the second quarter. Players took turns aggressively slashing through the lane and then Clarkson got hot, scoring nine points as Los Angeles outscored the Pacers 29-14 in the period.

After discussions with my family and the UM medical staff we have determined that my football career should come to an end, Young said in a statement released by the school. I look forward to getting healthy, working towards my degree and continuing to support my teammates, as I know they will continue to support me.

Young started the last three games of his true freshman season in 2016 and blossomed into one of the ACC’s better defensive backs as a sophomore, recording 43 tackles and picking off two passes.

Young tweeted Saturday suggesting that the injury, which he suffered in the first quarter of the Orange Bowl, would be career ending, and the school confirmed it Sunday, noting he will undergo surgery at the Miami Medical Center.

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Anigwe, Thomas give No. 21 Cal women 62-59 win over USC

Kristine Anigwe scored 20 points, Asha Thomas converted the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:29 to play and No. 21 California edged USC 62-59 on Sunday.

There were 16 ties, 14 lead changes and no double-figure leads. The Trojans took their last lead on a Kristen Simon layup with 1:59 to play. USC missed two 3-pointers before CJ West made 1 of 2 free throws for the Golden Bears with 18 seconds remaining and USC missed four 3s on the last possession.

The Whitman County (Washington) Coroner’s office officially ruled the death a suicide on Thursday. The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A funeral will be held Saturday in LaVerne, California.

On Saturday, coach Mike Leach said there were no obvious signs to indicate that Hilinski was dealing with any serious personal issues.

Everyone has some dark space that they work through, I’m sure, but no one really saw anything like that, Leach said Saturday. He didn’t have signs of depression. He didn’t have periods where he was moping around or anything like that. He was honestly a very steady guy. Kind of guy who would lift up others when they were down.

Khalil Richards made four of Siena’s 11 3-pointers and scored 14 points with Evan Fisher scoring 13 for the Saints (6-15, 3-5). Jordan Horn added 10 points as did Manny Camper.

Camper, a freshman who hadn’t scored and played just 23 minutes this season, scored all his points in the final 2 1/2 minutes with his 3-point play getting the Saints within seven with 48 seconds left before Rigoni made two free throws.

The Bobcats led 38-32 at halftime after shooting 71 percent.

A couple of minutes later, Herron scooped up a fumble by Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Luis Perez and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown with 3:07 left.

Defensively, they were awesome the entire game,” Martz said. We tried to leave as simple as we could, they could just play quick and not think too much, teach them technique they’re going to need in the NFL.”

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NFL players vote Keenan Allen Comeback Players of the Year for 2017

The downside of winning awards like Comeback Player of the Year is well, what one has to come back from. The NFL world saw in graphic detail how Keenan Allen qualified for 2017 honors on opening day of the 2016 season.

Allen also got better as the season went along, coinciding with the Chargers’ blistering turnaround from an 0-4 start to challenging for the AFC West title. Five of his seven 100-yard games and five of his six touchdown catches came in the final seven weeks; the Chargers went 6-1.

That included a performance on Thanksgiving in Dallas, in a 28-6 Chargers rout of the Cowboys, that alerted a turkey-sedated nation to the nature and magnitude of his comeback. He caught 11 passes for 172 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter in which he embarrassed five Cowboys defenders trying to tackle him. The knee, clearly, held up fine.

And if his exploits catching Rivers’ throws weren’t enough, Allen pulled off one of the more unconventional touchdowns of the season in the finale against the Raiders. When Gordon got the ball punched out at the end of a run, Allen caught it on the fly, almost as if by design, and ran 27 yards with it for a score.

A week after Washington State Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide, more details surrounding his death continue to emerge.

On Tuesday, Pullman police announced that the .223 caliber rifle that Hilinski used belonged to a former teammate, and it was taken on or before Jan. 12 without the teammate’s knowledge. The owner of the rifle was not identified.

I felt like it’s what I needed to do, Falk told reporters Tuesday. He needs to be remembered. He was an amazing person, an amazing soul. This guy was one of the most outgoing, bubbly … just a guy you really want to be around. People need to know it.

I think all of us that were close to him just kind of go back and ask ourselves, ‘Were there signs? What could we have done?’ I think we all kind of feel a little bit of guilt. I wish I could give him one more hug, one more pat on the butt and let him know he’s loved.

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