Clay Matthews suffers broken nose in softball game

Matthews, who was pitching to Packers offensive lineman Lucas Patrick in the Green & Gold Charity Softball Game, was slow to react to the ball, which Patrick hit directly back to him. As seen in the above video, Matthews didn’t have time to deflect the ball, which appeared to strike him in the nose.

A source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that, following Matthews’ trip to the emergency room, the linebacker was confirmed to have suffered a broken nose.

With so much going on, it’s no surprise Johnson said he hasn’t thought much about his legacy, but two years from now he’ll be on the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Johnson could join a star-studded 2021 class likely to include Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson, though receivers have historically had to wait to get in.

People don’t like that I didn’t play a long time, but hey, it is what it is,Johnson said. I mean, I was the fastest to 10,000 yards, I had the most yards in an actual regulation game. I did some things, but if it’s not enough, it’s not enough. I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

Johnson’s case for Canton is strong as the NFL’s all-time leader in single-season receiving yards (1,964) and one of the most transformative players of his generation.

He said he doesn’t have any regrets about his career, or leaving the sport early, even if it costs him a spot in the Hall of Fame.

It was my time, Johnson said. It was my time.

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LaVar Ball to NFL Protesters: Stand for the National Anthem or ‘Get Out’

LaVar Ball to NFL Protesters: Stand for the National Anthem or ‘Get Out’ More Outspoken basketball dad and businessman LaVar Ball had a strong message for NFL players who disapprove of the league’s new national anthem policy. The NFL announced in May that it has adopted a policy of issuing fines to teams and league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.

The league will allow players to stay in the locker room during the anthem, but teams will be fined if their players kneel on the field. The policy comes in wake of controversial protests that were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Their actions are more telling, though. When Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie declined to accept a pay cut, he was released, removing a key component from the defensive backfield. No cornerback of substance was signed in free agency — veteran William Gay, 33, is a slot corner — and the draft came and went without a cornerback among the six picks.

Masahiro Tanaka turned in a good-enough 5 1/3 innings and four runs. Giancarlo Stanton rocked a two run shot, his 12th of the year and first since May 19. Miguel Andujar also contributed a two-run homer and an RBI double in the eighth, putting the Yankees ahead, 8-4.

Tanaka left in trouble. He put runners on second and first base with an out. Jonathan Holder got him out of it but gave up an RBI double to Danny Valencia to cut the Yankees’ lead to 6-4.

The win was the Yankees’ fourth in a row. They’re 37-17 owners of MLB’s best winning percentage at.685.

They started the day 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. Boston was playing against Houston on Saturday night.

The sixth inning was the separator for the Yankees, who scored a pair of runs while aided by two miscues from usually solid center fielder Adam Jones and a throwing error from second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

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Lynch entered the league at 249 pounds and posted 12.5 sacks in his first two years.

Now listed at 270 pounds, Lynch has only recorded 2.5 sacks (over just 14 games) in his last two years. The former Fighting Irish and Bulls pass-rusher has always had the talent, but his lack of consistency, due to weight fluctuation, transfer, suspension or injury, continues to mark his career.

This offseason, the Buffalo Bills used the first-round pick originally owned by the Cincinnati Bengals to move up to draft Josh Allen. At that point, Josh Rosen, who was drafted by the Cardinals, was also still on the board. When the Bengals did finally pick at No. 21, they passed up on snatching up former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

There were opportunities for Cincinnati to look forward at quarterback. If the Bengals finish sub-.500 for the third straight season, they’ll be kicking themselves for not going to bat for a young passer in a deep draft class at the position. Those opportunities may not be there in the 2019 draft. A first-round quarterback could have helped not only in 2018 but also the next decade.

As you can imagine, the 1-31 Cleveland Browns have played a lot of football players over the last two years who don’t belong as starters in the NFL. One player who did not fit that mold, though, was 2015 first-round nose tackle Danny Shelton.

Barely. He was on his way with the Broncos before he was traded to the Bears in 2009. Contrary to popular belief, Cutler was pretty durable in Chicago and put up some good numbers.

Russell forced the Raiders’ hand by holding out and sitting out all of training camp. Missing key practice time put him way behind as a rookie, and the Raiders made the easy decision to park the No. 1 overall pick. Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper gave Oakland some options until Russell made a start in the December season finale.

For being arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history, Russell’s early numbers are surprisingly not terrible. But a lack of work ethic, questionable conditioning and no real improvement did him in, causing the Raiders to give up on Russell after only two full seasons.

Quinn couldn’t beat out Charlie Frye or Derek Anderson in Cleveland, but he showed enough in his rookie offseason to allow the team to trade Frye. Anderson, a Pro Bowler in 2007, was the starter when healthy until halfway through the 2008 season, when Quinn got his chance.

The Steelers needed to another vertical, big-play threat after giving up on Martavis Bryant. While Antonio Brown remains the No. 1 and JuJu Smith-Shuster is a second-year stud as the No. 2, Washington’s speed will be on display when they spread the field for Ben Roethlisberger.

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Shaquem Griffin goes by Beast on the digital scoreboard.

The name is Beast here. Not Shaquem. No, at Sunrise Lanes this rain-soaked night, And instantly you can see it’s warranted. The ball shoots out of his right hand like a bullet, backspinning at the last possible moment to clobber the pins.

Many in the industry believe Beckham would be unwise to risk injury by showing up on his current contract.

Of course, Beckham is already injured, or, more exactly, was already injured, and is rehabbing a fractured left ankle suffered in Week 5 last season. While he was sidelined, the Giants fired their head coach (Ben McAdoo) and general manager (Jerry Reese), and Beckham is returning to a new regime, with Gettleman leading the front office and Pat Shurmur the new head coach. Beckham needs to make a positive impression if he is to get what he wants, and staying away or issuing thinly veiled threats is a difficult way to do it.

Beckham also has to prove to ownership he is mature and trustworthy enough for the franchise to invest in him, and thus far this offseason, he is off to a rocky start. Mara, unquestionably wanting to send a message, said Sunday, I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is. I think he knows what we expect of him and now it’s up to him. This was in response to the latest Beckham bombshell, a video that surfaced recently with a French model in a Paris hotel, with Beckham holding what appeared to be a brown cigarette, with a white substance nearby. The model has said Beckham did not do any drugs that night.

The strong-armed Allen has been viewed as a potential first overall pick for months. There have been conflicting reports about how much the Browns like Allen, but some think he’s the favorite to be the first player off the board.

The Dolphins have indicated that they remain committed to Ryan Tannehill as their franchise quarterback, but the fact that they’re kicking the tires on Allen suggests that they’d consider a first-round quarterback if the right one is available in the right spot. The Dolphins own the 11th overall pick in the draft, and Allen is expected to be gone by then, but if the Browns don’t draft Allen, there’s a chance the Dolphins could move up for him — which would signal that they’re getting ready to move on from Tannehill.

Kansas City has two more doubleheaders scheduled this month — Saturday at Detroit and on April 28 against the Chicago White Sox.

Former Blue Jay Ryan Goins played his first game against his old team and was greeted with loud cheers.

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Quinton Jefferson signs exclusive rights tender with Seahawks

Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson found out he’d be playing for the Seahawks or no one in 2018 once the Seahawks tendered him a contract as an exclusive rights free agent, so the only choice he had to make this offseason was whether he wants to continue playing in the NFL.

Jefferson’s made his choice. The NFL’s daily transaction report brings word that he’s signed his tender from Seattle.

Drury, who came to the Yankees in a trade at the start of spring training, said he isn’t scared of what the final prognosis will be concerning his migraine and vision problem. He’s energized by the fact that he is finally addressing this.

I’m excited because I want to get it figured out, he said. I’ve been playing ball like this, and I don’t want to feel like that’s the player I am.

Giants safety Landon Collins may end up missing much of the 2018 offseason as a result of the same injury that ended his 2017 season.

Collins’ broken arm isn’t healing as quickly as hoped and he might need another surgery to put a plate in his arm, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

That surgery would have a recovery time of six to eight weeks, which would mean Collins would miss the offseason but be ready in time for training camp.

The news comes as a surprise because Collins told reporters this week that he was 100 percent healthy and good to go. It now appears that he’s not ready to go, even if he should be well before the season starts.

Collins has started every game for all three years of his NFL career, with the exception of the final game last year after he broke his arm.

Galloway looked for a special edition for the occasion, breaking out a rare white-and-pink colorway of James’ debut Nike shoe, the Air Zoom Generation, originally made in 2004. The pink colorway is simply dubbed the Gloria edition. Fewer than 100 pairs were made more than a decade ago for friends at the request of LeBron’s mom, Gloria James, making it one of the rarest sneakers of the season.

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After months of speculation, general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed Thursday that the Giants have released Marshall with a failed physical designation.

The move will save the organization $5.1 million against the salary cap.

Signed to a two-year, $12 million deal last March, Marshall lasted just five games before an ankle injury sabotaged his 2017 season.

Following an Indian-summer career year at age 31 in 2015, Marshall’s play fell off a cliff in 2016, leading to his Jets release. He was even less effective in those handful of games with Eli Manning last year, hauling in just 18 passes for an anemic 154 yards (8.6 yards per reception) and zero touchdowns.

The one thing you can’t tell him is, ‘You can’t do that,’ because if you tell him that, then hell is coming with him, Chinander said. If anybody else had his numbers, if anybody else had the tape that he has, they’d be a first-round pick, no question. He’s just going to have to do it in the NFL like he’s done it everywhere else — he’s going to outwork everybody.

I told some NFL scouts, ‘If you let him in your building, you’re going to have a hell of a time getting him out of there.’ 

When Chinander’s comment was relayed to Griffin, he laughed over the phone and told The Post, He’s right.

Although Barkley’s reps would reportedly prefer Barkley slip past No. 1 overall and go No. 2 to the New York Giants, Barkley has no plans to force the Browns to pass on him.

Baskin added that Barkley has told friends he has visions of bringing a championship to Cleveland and becoming a beloved figure in much the same way LeBron James did by leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title.

Kim Miale, Barkley’s agent, later denied the report to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com in a statement:

I can say on behalf of our entire team that we would be thrilled for Saquon to go to whichever team drafts him. We know he will be a resounding success for any team fortunate enough to select him.

Sports Illustrated would release a statement to A.J. Perez of USA Today defending the report, SI continues to stand by its reporting and story in the current issue.

Barkley is widely viewed as the best all-around prospect in the 2018 NFL draft, but his reps may not have to worry much about him going No. 1 overall.

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The NFL and ESPN can’t control each otherand it’s getting ugly

One task on James Pitaro’s to-do list should get a big circle.

The newly named ESPN president must assume responsibility of the network’s longstanding relationship with the NFL, which has reached its nadir in recent months, according to a SportsBusiness Daily report, as negative NFL storylines have made their way into ESPN’s coverage. Pitaro, who took over last Monday after a search that began when John Skipper stepped down in December, has made it one of his top priorities to patch up the points of contention that materialized under Skipper’s leadership.

Day 1 of the free-agency negotiating period did not produce much news on free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins and where he might play in 2018. The Jets are one of the top suitors for Cousins, ready to break the bank for the 29-year-old, but they have competition from the Vikings and Cardinals.

Teams were permitted to contact Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney on Monday. He cannot sign anywhere officially until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Cousins surely was sifting through the offers from teams Monday, trying to figure out what his first choice would be. He is the biggest quarterback domino that the NFL is waiting to fall. Once he indicates where he likely is heading, other quarterbacks such A.J. McCarron and Teddy Bridgewater can start finding homes. Case Keenum, who had a career year for the Vikings, reportedly intends to sign with the Broncos.

Make no mistake, the Giants had serious interest in Norwell and not getting him is a setback. They knew the price would be steep and when it exceeded the value the Giants placed on Norwell, new general manager Dave Gettleman did not raise the ante and assign a greater value to the player.

Gettleman, the Giants’ first-year general manager, ran the show for the Panthers when he signed Nowell as an undrafted free agent in 2014, but that connection did not overcome the pursuit of Norwell by the Jaguars and Tom Coughlin.

The Giants now must look elsewhere, for less-accomplished players who will cost less money. Their great need is to find a starting-caliber offensive tackle, but the pickings are slim in free agency. The best of the bunch is Nate Solder, a mainstay at left tackle for the Patriots, but he is coming off a down year and would be costly. Cameron Fleming, a backup tackle in New England, started 20 games in his four years with the Patriots and could be the type of under-the-radar player Gettleman prefers to uncover as one of his hog mollies for the offensive line. Fleming is 25 years old.

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He understands the logic, believes it can work but, if he had a voice in the decision, Antrel Rolle would not move his friend Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from cornerback to safety.

I think DRC can do whatever he wants to do,” Rolle, the former Giants safety, told The Post on Monday. I think he’s gonna buy into it. I personally like DRC better at corner. In my opinion he can be one of the better cornerbacks in the league, without a doubt. Can he make the transition to safety? There’s no doubt about it he can.”

It is a big and bold move the Giants are attempting. Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, is entering the fifth and final year of the $35 million contract he signed in 2014 and there was plenty of speculation he might not survive the front office and coaching regime change.

DRC’s been somewhat making a transition, him playing the nickel slot will also further his intellect as far as understanding the entire defense, because now he will be asked to understand what the linebackers are doing, what the defensive linemen are doing, their stunts, their gaps. It’s a lot more cerebral than being out there on a corner island.”

Rolle knows what he is talking about. He was a first-round pick out of Miami as a cornerback and after three years with the Cardinals he was moved to safety, a position he manned for five for the Giants, winning a Super Bowl, before spending his final season with the Bears in 2015.

The Penn State running back put on a show at the Combine and planted himself firmly in the discussion to be drafted No. 1 overall in April. He would be the first running back to go No. 1 overall since the Bengals picked fellow Nittany Lion Ki-Jana Carter in 1995.

The 5-foot-11, 233-pound Barkley — who could be an option for the Giants at No. 2 if the Browns pass with the top pick — ran the 40 in 4.40 seconds, racked up 29 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press and leaped 41 inches in the vertical jump.

Those marks rank right up there with some of the NFL’s best. Barkley benched more than Joe Thomas, ran faster than Devin Hester and jumped higher than Julio Jones.

Barkley ran for nearly 4,000 yards and scored 51 touchdowns from scrimmage over three seasons at Penn State

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Jerry Jones: Eagles’ championship puts pressure on the Cowboys

The Eagles did in 2017 what the Cowboys couldn’t do as the NFC’s top seed in 2016: They won it all.

Dallas went 13-3 in 2016, but home-field advantage didn’t help as the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the divisional round. The Eagles’ ability to finish puts more pressure on the Cowboys.

I think it raises the bar. I think it puts pressure on the Cowboys, Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. They’ve took it down to the bone and brought it back up and have a world championship, and we’ve been doing the same thing. Where is ours? That’s fair. That’s fair.

That probably isn’t going to change between now and the start of the new league year on March 14.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said last week that he would hope not to be starting a rookie at quarterback in 2018 and Peter King of SI.com reports that Jackson’s preference for a starter is McCarron. Per King, the team would also like to select a quarterback in the draft under that scenario and groom him behind McCarron.

One need only look at Mike Glennon’s experience in Chicago to see that such an arrangement offers little security for the veteran half of such a tandem, but it seems unlikely that McCarron will find a team that wants to sign him and isn’t also planning to take a young quarterback in this year’s draft. Given that, playing for Jackson who was once McCarron’s offensive coordinator in Cincinnati might be the preference for McCarron as well.

Yes, absolutely, Veach said. This was a football decision. Again, dialogue that Coach and I had. This wasn’t just one game, wasn’t a month, this was three years of body of work, and we look for consistency. We felt that this was in the best interest of the team. When you process all the information, they’re tough decisions but what you do is you just go. There’s no second guessing. You make a decision you believe in, you have foundations and core philosophies that you believe that yield success. You take all the information and then you go in that direction and you don’t look back.

Veach also was asked whether Peters’ eligibility for an extension was a factor.

You think of everything, Peters said. You think of games, practices, certainly cap. We’re all aware that he was one year, [$]1.7 [million and] an option of [$]9 [million]. That’s two years, [$]10.7 [million], potential of a franchise tag. All those factors. I think the moves that we’ve made over the last year shows that we’re very cap conscious and we know what we want to do in regards to building a roster and maintain flexibility throughout the course of a year, two years, three years. I think everything we do isn’t done for just one year. Even the deals we’ve done I think if you really look into the structure, everything provides flexibility. Every factor is taken into consideration.

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The Canadiens, who are without top defenseman Shea Weber (out for the season after foot surgery), captain Max Pacioretty (knee) and goaltender Carey Price (concussion), have lost five games in a row (0-3-2).

Just 2 1/2 weeks after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings — and one night after being worked over in a 5-2 loss at Colorado — the goalkeeper earned his 11th career shutout with a 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, his and Arizona’s second win over the Canucks in four days.

The Sharks made it 3-1 early in the second when Labanc poked in a rebound after Howard stopped Tierney on a breakaway.

“We’ve played I don’t know how many games in about eight days or 10 days, but it’s a lot of games it seems like,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And to have the legs to be able to do what they’re doing and put the game away is pretty good.”

The Spurs, who were without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge, got 14 points each from Bryn Forbes and Derrick White. They lost for the fifth time in six games as they fight for a playoff spot.

The Coyotes kept their recent surge going as defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game-winning goal Sunday at 15:07 of the second period, his 10th goal of the season. His 27 game-winning goals since he broke into the NHL in 2010-11 are the most among NHL defensemen during that time.

“I’d rather be battling for a playoff spot than scoring goals,” Ekman-Larsson said. “At the same time, it means I’m doing something good out there. I’ve been getting some good looks lately and it’s nice to see them go in.”

Kuemper, acquired from the Kings last month, seems to be getting a good look at opposing pucks these days. He’s started the last four Coyotes games due to starter Antti Raanta’s lower-body injury. He gave up only one goal in the two Coyotes victories against Vancouver, though he was also in net for a 5-2 loss at Colorado on Saturday.

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