Teddy Bridgewater a gamble, but Jets GM happy to take that bet – ESPN (blog)

There’s no guarantee Teddy Bridgewater will play for the New York Jets. He basically missed two full seasons because of a horrific knee injury, so team officials have been careful not to build up expectations. At the same time, they’re cautiously optimistic.

“From a character, work-ethic standpoint, he’s a guy we’d like to take a bet on and see what he can do,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said Monday at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Florida. “If he can regain his previous form, it’s an extra bonanza for us. … It would be a good problem to have.”

The Jets were criticized in some circles when they signed Bridgewater and Josh McCown on the same day in free agency. Why two veterans? What happens when/if they draft a quarterback? How will they divide the practice reps? There was a lot of noise.

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From the team’s perspective, Bridgewater was a no-risk addition. His one-year, $6 million contract includes only a $500,000 guarantee, so they can cut him in training camp with virtually no cap ramifications. If he recaptures his 2015 form, when he helped the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC North title, they’ll have a young quarterback (25) with upside.

The Jets expect he’ll be ready for offseason practices, which begin in May, but there’s some question as to how much he’ll participate. Bridgewater himself said last week he’s “not comfortable” discussing his surgically repaired knee and the immediate plan.

“That injury may take some time to fully recover from,” Maccagnan said. “Any player you sign in free agency, there’s a bit of a reward-risk aspect to it. But we thought, in particularly with him, we can help him regain his previous form that he showed earlier in his career where he was a very good young quarterback.”

Bridgewater played only a handful of garbage-time snaps last season for the Vikings, so he’s very much a wild card. How he progresses likely will impact Christian Hackenberg (remember him?), who will be a goner if Bridgewater proves he’s healthy and the Jets draft a quarterback with the No. 3 pick.

Maccagnan was asked about the possibility of cutting Hackenberg, a former second-round pick, and he didn’t exactly throw cold water on the notion.

“We still have a lot of things to happen before we get to that point,” he said. “With Christian, I know he’s spent a lot of time this offseason working, so I’m excited to see him come back. But, again, depending on how Teddy comes along, what happens in the draft, I think it’s … I wouldn’t necessarily rule anything in or out at this point.”

The Jets have five quarterbacks on the roster — McCown, Bridgewater, Hackenberg, Bryce Petty and Joel Stave, a former practice-squad player. It’ll be six after the draft. They won’t go to training camp with more than four, so moves will be made. Prediction: If they take a quarterback in the first round, they’ll put Hackenberg and Petty on the trading block, hoping to get something — anything — in return.

“We’ll have a plan in place,” Maccagnan said. “We’ve already talked about it internally. We’ll see how things come along. We’ll see how Teddy comes along. We’ll figure out ways to make sure everybody gets the reps they need. Quarterbacks are a bit of a commodity in this business, so we’ll see how that all unfolds.”

Allegra Grant of Women's Ice Hockey Garners All-New England Honors – Wesleyan Connection

Allegra Grant of Women’s Ice Hockey Garners All-New England Honors – Wesleyan Athletics

Rugby Rape trial: Timeline of events – BBC News

Court sketch of (L-R) Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Rory Harrison, Blane McIlroy, Rory Harrison

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Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison denied all charges against them

The case against Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding has reached its conclusion after nine weeks.

Paddy Jackson, 26, from Belfast’s Oakleigh Park, and Stuart Olding, 25, from Ardenlee Street, Belfast, both deny raping the same woman in June 2016.

Mr Jackson also denies one count of sexual assault.

Two others were also charged in connection with the case.

Blane McIlroy, 26, of Royal Lodge Road, Belfast, denies one count of exposure. Rory Harrison, 25, of Manse Road, Belfast denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Timeline of events

Monday 27 June, 2016

16:30 BST – Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison meet up at Blane McIlroy’s house in south Belfast to watch football.

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The men went to the VIP area in Ollie’s nightclub in Belfast city centre

19:00 BST – They go to Cutter’s Wharf pub

23:00 BST – They go to VIP area in Ollie’s nightclub in the city centre. The Northern Ireland football team is also there.

Tuesday 28 June, 2016

02:30 BST – they go back to Paddy Jackson’s house in two taxis with four young women, including the 19-year-old woman at the centre of the case.

03:04 BST – the woman texts a friend. It reads: “Am back at Paddy Jackson’s.”

04:27 BST – Inside the house, Blane McIlroy texts Paddy Jackson. It reads: “Is there a possibility of a threesome?”

05:00 BST – The woman shares a taxi home with Rory Harrison. She is upset.

09:51 BST – The woman at the centre of the case texts a friend “worse night ever, so I got raped.”

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Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have both been capped for Ireland

10:08 BST – She texts another friend saying she’d been raped by “Ulster rugby scum.”

12:04 BST – Rory Harrison texts her. It reads: “Feeling better today?”

13:10 BST – She texts back: “I know you must be mates with those guys, but I didn’t like them. And what happened was not consensual which is why I was so upset”.

14:00 BST – She goes to the Brook Clinic, a sexual health centre in Belfast

19:00 BST – She goes to The Rowan, Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Antrim

Wednesday 29 June

09:47 BST – She contacts the police for the first time, by ringing 101

Thursday 30 June

10:45 BST – Police conduct first detailed interview with woman

Afternoon – Police contact Ulster rugby. Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding told to go to Musgrave police station where they are arrested. Police take a witness statement from Rory Harrison.

Evening – Blane McIlroy arrested.

Friday 1 July

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Police took statements from Dara Florence, who appeared in the witness box during the trial

Police take a witness statement from Dara Florence, a woman who briefly went into Paddy Jackson’s bedroom on the night in question.

She said she did not think it looked like a rape.

Tuesday 4 October

Police interview Rory Harrison as a suspect not a witness. Police re-interview Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Tuesday 25 July, 2017

The Public Prosecution Service says there is “sufficient evidence to prosecute four individuals”.

Wednesday 15 November

Paddy Jackson appears in court and pleads “not guilty” to charges of rape and sexual assault.

Blane McIlroy denies a charge of exposure. Rory Harrison denies withholding information and perverting the course of justice.

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Rory Harrison and Blane McIlroy also denied the charges against them

Friday 17 November

Stuart Olding appears in court. He pleads “not guilty” to two charges of rape.

Friday 22 December

One of the rape charges against Stuart Olding is dropped.

Monday 29 January, 2018

The trial begins.

NFL owners pass two more rule changes, including end-of-game PAT regulations – ESPN

ORLANDO, Fla. — As a busy NFL meetings neared its conclusion Wednesday, team owners passed two more rule changes and approved several procedural bylaw alterations.

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Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion.

In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play, New Orleans players were required to return to the field after leaving for a meaningless extra point. The Vikings took a knee.

Of course, bettors and fantasy players could have a stake in the PAT, but neither participating team did, particularly now that points scored or points differential is so low in any tiebreaking procedures.

The owners also approved closing an overtime loophole that could have been embarrassing had it ever occurred.

Now, if the team that gets the ball first scores a field goal, then the opponent loses possession by an interception or fumble on its first series, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, including awarding points scored by either team during the down.

Previously, the turnover ended the game regardless — even though the team getting the takeaway conceivably could itself turn over the ball on that play and see it returned for a score by the opponent.

Millburn boys tennis looks to extend state title streak in 2018 – NorthJersey.com

The year was 1985. Back to the Future ruled the box office, Guns N’ Roses was forming as a band and Ronald Reagan was in his second term in the White House. That was also the last year that didn’t see the Millburn Millers as a sectional champion in boys tennis.

That might be difficult to fathom that any public school program could have such dominance, but the Millers have owned opponents in the postseason. Shuffling between sectionals in Group 3 and Group 4, Millburn has won at least a state sectional title 42 times, including each of the past 32 seasons.

As a program, Millburn has won the Tournament of Champions title eight times, including four straight titles from 2012-2015. 

Millburn was also the top seed in last season’s county tournament and rolled along to a title, not dropping a single game until the semifinals against Newark Academy. The Millers took down the Minutemen, 3-2, to reach the county final. Facing Montclair in the tournament final, Millburn took a 4-1 victory to win the title.

The Millers would ultimately fall to Newark Academy in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions, dropping a 4-1 match to the Minutemen.

Once again, the Millers take to the courts with experienced leadership, led by a group of seniors that rivals any team in the state. Millburn is led by senior Alex Jacobs at first singles, one of the top returning tennis players in New Jersey in 2018. Jacobs was seeded among the top 16 in the state singles tournament,

Not to be outdone is senior Bryan Schick at the second singles flight. Among the 32 players in the state singles tournament last season as well, Schick and Jacobs make for arguably the strongest one-two punch in New Jersey. Both seniors were first team all-county last year as juniors.

Senior Mike Mirsky is the third singles player on a strong Millburn squad. A second team all-county selection himself last season, Mirsky has been a part of some memorable tennis teams in his tenure at Millburn and looks to be a part of one more in 2018.

In doubles, that success with senior leadership continues with seniors Jai Bansai and Jason Dresner at first doubles. Not receiving the notoriety that the singles flights receive, Bansai and Dresner will be formidable against some of the strongest doubles teams in the state.

The question mark for the team will be who emerges at second doubles for Millburn to complete the varsity team. The team of Jordan Haber and Andrew Jacobs have graduated from the ranks of doubles teams in Millburn. Junior David Steinleib received an honorable mention on the Super Essex Conference team last season, splitting time between first and second doubles.

With plenty of talent and experience, Millburn will be a feared contender in 2018 on its tradition alone. When the tennis season begins on April 2 at Seton Hall Prep, teams will be looking to knock off the mighty Millers. If history gives any clues to the end result, not many of them will succeed.


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Vols football: Jeremy Pruitt 'ticked off' after defense gets its tail kicked – Knoxville News Sentinel


Tennessee football coach jeremy Pruitt meets with the media Tuesday
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Jeremy Pruitt walked into his press conference a little late and admittedly ticked off Tuesday evening.

At first, the first-year Tennessee football coach couldn’t fully peg the source of his displeasure after his team’s fourth spring practice – “an interesting day out there for me,” he said. He speculated it came from the way “the offense kicked the defense’s tail” or possibly the way the entire team practiced.

Then the longtime defensive coordinator nailed it down as part of the new experience of having to care about the success of both sides of the ball as a head coach.

“I don’t know how much they whipped (the defense),” Pruitt said. “I just don’t like giving up plays. That’s probably the first thing for me. Everybody asks me what the difference is between being a head football coach. I’m always used to pulling just for one side. I think I’ve got to realize that sometimes the other side needs to win, too.

“I will have a little better understanding when I get in there and watch the tape and see exactly what happened.”


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