49ers’ Marquise Goodwin buys new house for mom, disabled sister

Marquise Goodwin is giving back to those he loves.

The 49ers wide receiver recently bought a house for his mom and disabled sister.

Goodwin took to social media Thursday to share the news via an emotional video on his Instagram account.

If I’m not mistaken, the level of production goes: strikeout, popup, ground ball, fly ball, line drive. The production comes mostly from fly balls and line drives, so that’s what we want. I’m trying to hit a line drive first. And if I miss, I hit a fly ball. Ground balls, popups and strikeouts aren’t going to give you anything. It’s not necessarily rocket science.

I’m not trying to hit it in one specific place. If I look up, and they’re full-shifting me, and I only have one defender in the 5-6 hole where the third baseman plays, I have to let the ball get a little deeper. But the pitchers are pretty good, and that’s now a foul ball. I’m really never in the business of trying to aim for a certain area because I have to be perfect, and I’m not perfect.

McCown has the advantage of being the incumbent. Bridgewater is creating some buzz as the new veteran. Darnold has pedigree and upside on his side as the rookie No. 3 overall draft pick.

Head coach Todd Bowles and new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates must decide what’s best for short-term winning without losing sight of the long game. Here are the pros and cons of all three candidates in a battle that will go deep into the preseason.

Fisher, 60, led the Titans to Super Bowl 34 after the 1999 season, losing to 23-16 to the Rams. He also holds the dubious distinction of suffering the most regular-season losses all time among NFL coaches (165, tied with Dan Reeves).

The Rams canned Fisher in December, 2016 after he compiled a 4-9 record. In half of his 20 complete seasons as head coach, Fisher’s teams were either .500 or within a game of .500, according to ESPN.

Giancarlo Stanton is heating up.

After struggling to consistently reach base for much of the first two months of the season, Stanton is finally beginning to show signs of the hitting life the Yankees anticipated when they traded for him in December.

There’s also the Madoff part, which leaves the Mets open to ridicule. Of course many Mets fans who make fun of the deal don’t follow it through completely. Hampton was with the Mets for one year, but when he went to the Rockies in 2001, the Mets got the 38th pick in the draft, which they used to pick … David Wright!

Aside from paying Bonilla through 2035, the Mets are paying Bret Saberhagen, who was also represented by Gilbert, $250,000 per year through 2029. The Diamondbacks will be paying Bernard Gilkey, who retired in 2001, his last payment next year. Why? Gilkey signed a four-year contract with the Mets from 1997 to 2000. The deal deferred $2.5 million from his 1999 salary and $2.5 million from his 2000 salary, which turned into a $9 million annuity. But the Diamondbacks took on that contract in August 1998.

There’s more young talent on the way, too. The Sixers reached the second round of the playoffs with only minor contributions from 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who played sparingly in the postseason after a shoulder injury sidelined him most of his rookie campaign. If Fultz can move past a case of the yips (as described by his new trainer, Drew Hanlen), he could give Philadelphia a third young star.

From 2002-07, MLB didn’t have special uni designs for Independence Day. Players just wore American flag patches on their caps.

In 2006-07, American flag cap patches sometimes came loose, with players either not noticing or, in some cases, reapplying the patches upside-down.

2008: MLB introduces navy-blue Independence Day caps with the team logos rendered in star-spangled patterns. The blue caps fit in fine with some teams’ uniforms and not so well with others.

Shazier has been the Steelers’ biggest defensive playmaker since they took him in the first round of the 2014 draft.

The 25-year-old Shazier means so much more to the Steelers than that, as was seen in the way his teammates reacted immediately after his injury. They had a hard time holding back tears in the immediate aftermath and for the rest of the game.

Yes, I do, Vernon Shazier said. I Shalieve. Shazier and his family consistently use that play on Shazier’s last name and the word believe when talking about his injury.

The injury was terrifying, and it’s difficult to even think about whether Shazier can or will play football in the future. What matters now is just Shazier’s continued recovery.

The Mountain State could be a model for other states without any of the four major U.S. sports leagues — the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB — operating at the highest level within its borders. West Virginia eschewed the idea of a 1 percent integrity fee that would go to the sport being bet on in order to fund investigations and regulations aimed at preventing point shaving and other gambling-related scandals. Instead, the state will cut its two Division I institutions — Marshall and West Virginia University — a slice of the gaming revenue collected by the state.

Even though the Jets had already invested the 18th overall pick on Pennington, the first quarterback they had taken in the first round since Ken O’Brien in 1983, the source said Kaye loved Brady, who had thrown for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 overtime victory over Alabama in the Orange Bowl in the final game of his college career, but was unable to persuade Parcells — despite the scout’s deep conviction that Brady was going to be an excellent player — to take him.

When the Jets turned in their card in the sixth round with the 179th pick, they took North Carolina State defensive back Tony Scott. Twenty picks later, using a supplemental sixth-round draft choice, the Patriots selected Brady.

It turns out Kaye was right — Brady turned out to be pretty dang good. Scott, on the other hand, posted one career interception and retired after playing in 23 games.

Chad Pennington spent eight seasons with the Jets, taking over as the team’s starter in 2002. He had a strong start to his career and received a huge extension in 2004, but was ultimately undone by a long list of injuries. He was twice named Comeback Player of the Year, but his career ended unceremoniously with the Miami Dolphins after an offseason ACL tear in 2011.

Mitchell Trubisky hopes experience of last season pays dividends this season

Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes have gotten most of the press this offseason as they head into their second seasons. But of the three quarterbacks drafted in the first round in 2017, Mitchell Trubisky was the highest drafted.

Everyone’s a baller in the NFL. You’ve just got to come prepared or else you’re not going to be able to do your job correctly. I definitely learned a lot about how you have to handle yourself as an NFL quarterback and being prepared on a week-to-week basis and just being the leader my team needs. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, and I’m looking forward to using all that information and continue to learn and get better for the future.

He obviously also learned to speak in cliches.

For us, it’s just taking it one day at a time, control what we can control and be the best that we can possibly be for the Chicago Bears, Trubisky said of his goals this season. Again, it’s just taking it one day at a time. We can’t get ahead of ourselves or jump ahead on the schedule. We’ve got to try to be 1-0 each week and focus on each opponent, and we know what kind of talent we have in this locker room, and I think if we believe in each other if we have, continue to buy into coach Nagy’s plan, that we can contend with anybody. You guys know that’s how it is in the NFL: Anybody can win week in and week out. It’s all about how you prepare, how you execute and who buys into the plan. Looking forward to it. We know we’ve got a very tough division, but’s going to be a great challenge for this team. I just like the mindset we have going into this season.

Trubisky has spent the offseason immersing himself in new coach Matt Nagy’s offense. The Bears need Trubisky to take a leap similar to the one Jared Goff made last season in his second season to have a chance to do what Trubisky says they can do.

But when it comes to positive tests under the PED policy (and positive tests under the substance-abuse policy), that’s simply no longer the case. As part of the finalized agreement that authorizes the NFL to conduct blood testing for HGH, the league (surprisingly) agreed to surrender its previously exclusive power to resolve appeals of suspensions for positive test results.

Red Sox pitcher David Price lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs and nine hits against the Yankees on Sunday.

Perhaps the most dialed-in Yankee was switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks, who recorded the first three-homer game of his career. He paced an offensive attack that was powered by six home runs overall. This was the third time a Yankee had hit three homers in a game against the Red Sox. Lou Gehrig and Mark Teixeira also accomplished the feat.

They, for the most part, they laid off of that cutter that was just in off the strike zone, Price said. That’s a pitch I’m looking for action on, and I want swings on that pitch. I didn’t get them [Sunday]. Whenever I’m not getting that, it makes it tough. But I’ve got to do a better job.

Hicks, who was batting right-handed during both of his home run at-bats against Price, admitted to treating the southpaw like any other left-handed pitcher.

You’ve got to push and press out over the middle of the plate. That’s with any lefty, Hicks said. You’ve got to be able to be stubborn inside and really try to force them out over and just never give up on that inside pitch until when you get two strikes.

Avisail Garcia had four hits and Davidson and Jose Abreu drove in three runs apiece to help the White Sox avoid a sweep to start a 10-game road trip, their longest of the season. Davidson had his second straight three-hit game.

Choo extended the on-base streak to 42 games with an eighth-inning walk after going 0 for 4 against Lopez, including the strikeout looking with the bases loaded in a 2-2 tie to end the fourth.

Leading off as the designated hitter after missing a game with a strained right quadriceps that the club said will limit him defensively for a few weeks, Choo’s hitting streak ended at 12 games. The on-base streak is the third-longest streak in club history, and longest since 1995.

Lopez (4-5) made it through 6 1/3 innings in the boiling Texas heat — a first-pitch temperature of 97 degrees that climbed past 100 before the last of Lopez’s career-high 114 pitches. The right-hander allowed seven hits and two runs with six strikeouts.

Eagles running through a million different things after kickoff rule changes

The NFL’s 32 special teams coaches have a new challenge this year as the league’s decision to change kickoffs have thrust them into uncharted water heading into the regular season.

The changes, which include no running starts for the coverage team and a ban on wedge blocking by return teams, have been described as making kickoffs look more like punts, but Eagles special teams coach Dave Fipp isn’t sure exactly what things will look like once teams are on the field. That’s why he’s running through as many options as possible while coming up with a plan.

Williams is heading into the final year of the four-year contract he signed as a fourth-round draft pick in 2015. His base salary this year is $1.9 million, which is a bargain for a player of Williams’ caliber.

Last year was a big adjustment, Gathers said, via the Dallas Morning News. I was going for more trying to be quicker, trying to be faster. But that hurt me in the blocking game a lot where I felt like I was just a body, just a body catching a blow.

A bigger Gathers will, he hopes, be a better Gathers.

Now coming off, I’m delivering the blow, Gathers said. I’m delivering the shot.

Cowboys coach seems to like what he sees from Gathers during offseason practices.

Wentz and Watson, both recovering from torn ACLs, have been able to work a fair bit during recent practices. Watson, whose injury happened a month before Wentz’s and was less extensive, is expected to be able to do some drills this week and be ready for the start of training camp. Wentz has been participating in 7-on-7 drills already, and the Eagles are hopeful that they can have him back in time for Week 1. But with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles still there as an obviously capable backup, there’s no reason for the Eagles to take any risks by rushing Wentz back. Expect them to continue to bring him along slowly.

Dolphins waive tackle Sean Hickey

The bottoms of rosters are churning this time of year. The Dolphins announced this morning that they had waived tackle Sean Hickey. He’s been knocking around the league the last four years, showing up in camps with the Saints, Patriots, Jets, Vikings, and Dolphins. He was on Miami’s practice squad all of last year, but hasn’t played in an NFL game.

So the owners turned their attention to eliminating their presidential scrutiny. Trump played them for fools. Did they really think he would back off when they’re such an easy target? Did they really think he wouldn’t be petty? Did they really think Trump’s rocky 35-year relationship with the NFL would be ignored when he finally has the league whimpering before him?

Two weeks after the NFL gave Trump what it thought he wanted, he started demanding more. Disinviting the Eagles and reigniting the anthem issue are just the latest indicators that Trump cannot be appeased. It’s not really about the anthem, either. It’s about having a convenient sucker to bully and impress a base of supporters who would rather weaponize patriotism than practice all of its complex principles.

The Seahawks will be his sixth team. Marshall saw his 2017 season with the Giants cut short by an ankle injury. That came on the heels of a subpar 2016 with the Jets, so it’s unclear exactly how much the veteran has left at this point.

Upon learning these facts, the president decided to change the event so that it would be a celebration of the American flag with Eagles fans and performances by the United States Marine Band and the U.S. Army Chorus.

Long, who donated his salary to charity last season and spoke out after violence erupted in his home town of Charlottesville last summer, sharply criticized Fox News for using the images of players in prayer.

Time to see what else JuJu can do (rhyme intended). 

After winning all five of the December games Jimmy Garoppolo started and averaging 28.8 points, the San Francisco 49ers decided to put all of their eggs in his basket. Now, Garoppolo is a very rich man and officially the franchise quarterback in San Francisco.

How will he look as a September starter after his first full offseason as a member of the 49ers? That’s the $137.5 million question.

It’s been a bumpy offseason for the New England Patriots. Key players Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Brandin Cooks are gone. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have encountered more  bad press related to Brady’s personal trainer, and there’s even been buzz surrounding Brady’s contract as well as his future with the team.

Not the ideal way to cope with the hangover stemming from a painful Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

But a lit fire under Brady could actually be a good thing for the Patriots. The last time Brady wasn’t happy, he returned from a four-game suspension and led the Pats to 14 wins in a 15-game span that culminated with their Super Bowl LI victory.

My goal is to not miss a game, Wentz told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio earlier this month. “I feel I missed plenty last year. I want to be out there with the guys. It’s a fluid process. We’ll see what happens, but I’m confident I’ll be back Week 1 and ready to play against Atlanta.”

Eagles fans have a lot to look forward to, including the banner ceremony that will precede the team’s first game back in Philadelphia, but Wentz’s return has to top that list.

OK, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are probably most looking forward to another year with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell running things on offense. But there’s nothing particularly new or notable regarding that trio, which should continue to dominate in 2018.

The question is whether Pittsburgh’s famous offensive core might have room for one more (rhyme not intended), because it often looked like wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had that potential during a magnificent rookie season. 

NFL trade news: Jets’ Christian Hackenberg dealt to Raiders for 2019 conditional pick

Christian Hackenberg’s time in New York has come to an end before it even began.

Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday the team has traded the quarterback to the Raiders for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick.

Hackenberg did not participate in workouts during the first day of the team’s OTAs Tuesday, though he did speak to reporters about the adjustments he made this offseason and discussed why it took so long to enact those changes.

“Today is a day of harvest where we see the seed you have planted all these years,” Kyle said to his parents, fighting through tears. “You will always have four sons; there will always be four.”

THE CAVS GAVE Kyle as much time off as he wanted after his brother’s death. When he returned to the team after a week, he also had to deal with a nagging foot injury and ended up taking another week off to manage the issue.

He would end up playing in only four games before the start of the playoffs. In the first round, he went scoreless in two of the first three games against the Indiana Pacers. Then in Game 4, he broke out with 18 points and made two vital 3-pointers that helped win the game and turn the series for the Cavs.

The Bills need depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, and Shepard has experience.

He spent the first four years of his career with Tampa Bay. In 72 career games, Shepard has 47 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns.

As Carolina’s head coach, Rivera earned the responsibility of formally presenting to prospective owners how the football organization operates. With the chance to briefly meet the winning bidder through that process, Rivera came away learning Tepper already knows a lot about how to do well in the NFL.

“He’s got a sense and feel for football,” Rivera said. “He’s been around it. He owned a small percentage of the Steelers. So he’s got a feel. It was good, and I know eventually we’ll sit down and talk football and talk about this team.

Matt Jones among seven dropped from Colts roster

The Colts have opened up seven roster spots for new faces.

Roback, 23, goes down as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in Eastern history, even if he didn’t get picked up in April’s NFL Draft — he was vying to become the second Eastern quarterback ever to be drafted, after the Lions took Charlie Batch in the second round in 1998.

There was some pre-draft buzz he could be a sleeper pick, but it never materialized, which Roback acknowledged was disappointing.

There’s a feeling that you get when you sit there and you wonder, and you don’t know what’s next, he said.

That’s a feeling I’m not going to forget. That’s a feeling I’m carrying with me and always will. That’s the motivation.

Gray, 25, was found dead just before 10 p.m. ET Monday night as authorities were called to the house when a friend found injured and unresponsive.

Officers found weapons, digital scales and marijuana inside the residence. A kidnapping of two males on Tuesday morning was thought to be in connection to Gray’s death. Gray had pleaded guilty to a marijuana possession charge last year.

“We have a long way to go but we will get to the bottom of it,” deputy Randy Christian said. “At the end of the day, it will likely all be over drugs and drug money.”

Gray signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State in 2014. He appeared in four preseason games that year and recorded three tackles.

Despite plenty of adversity during his collegiate career — Roback lost his starting job after new coach Chris Creighton was hired, and he was suspended early in his redshirt junior season — the Toledo, Ohio, native owns Eastern records in touchdown passes (57) and yards of total offense (8,876), and is second in completions (745) and passing yards (8,653). Two years ago, despite the early season suspension, he led the Eagles to their first winning season since 1995 and their first bowl game since 1987.