Yankees stuck at Washington airport overnight due to rain

Rain didn’t want the Yankees to play — or to leave.

They got stuck at overnight at Dulles International Airpoint in Virginia from Wednesday into Thursday.

Below, here’s what retired Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said about harshening the punishment for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs while on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York radio on Thursday:

I agree that we need to look at longer bans. We need to look at, OK, if you get popped, your contract can be voided. I think we should absolutely look at those things. You look at other walks of life. If you get caught insider trading or if you get caught cheating on your taxes, you go to prison, you’re banned for life from trading. These are the types of things happening to those quote-unquote cheats. In baseball? Eh, half a season. In football? Four games, whatever it may be.

Among the potential storylines for the series’ 13th season are Cleveland bouncing back from its 0-16 season, Hue Jackson’s third year as head coach, John Dorsey’s first full go-around as general manager, the personalities of coordinators Todd Haley and Gregg Williams and of course the quarterback “battle” between Tyrod Taylor and first overall pick Baker Mayfield.

NFL Films has always been exceptional at bringing fans closer to the game and they do an outstanding job with every show they produce, including HBO’s Hard Knocks, Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

“We have been asked multiple times about being featured on Hard Knocks, and we really felt like it was our turn this year and the timing was right. We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize Hard Knocks gives fans a special opportunity to learn more about our team and players.

Organizationally, we are confident about where we are headed, but we have a lot of work to do in order for this franchise to earn the respect of our fans on the field. We understand winning is ultimately most important to our fans. We’re looking forward to partnering with HBO and NFL Films to show how our team is working hard at training camp to prepare for the 2018 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.

Seahawks hope they’ve solved their running back durability problem

Since Marshawn Lynch left Seattle after the 2015 season, the Seahawks have tried to find a replacement. Nearly every time it seems like they have one, the player has gotten injured.

Last year, the number one guy in both categories of rushing yards and rushing attempts for the Seahawks was the quarterback, whose 586 yards on 95 carries more than doubled the 240 yards generated by Mike Davis. Chris Carson added 208. J.D. MicKissic had 187. Eddie Lacy churned up a mere 179. Thomas Rawls (now a Jet) added 157. C.J. Prosise contributed 23.

The prior year, it was Rawls (349), Wilson (259), Prosise (172), Alex Collins (125), and Troymaine Pope (43).

So, yes, the Seahawks needed help in the running game. Their willingness to invest a first-round pick underscores their belief that it’s a major area of need.

With that thought in mind, Wentz understands that he needs to do everything he can to ensure he remains healthy. The trick is walking that line while still playing with the aggressive edge that has made him the player he is.

“We’ve talked about it quite a bit,” Wentz said, via Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com. “I think we’re all on the same page.

“I think there is always things I can learn from, ‘OK, maybe I shouldn’t have been so aggressive there.’ There is a time and a place for it. Injuries happen. I believe this one was kind of a freak incident and that is just part of the game. There is always a learning curve. But overall, as an aggressive player, I am not going to change in that sense, I am just going to keep learning. I’m going to be learning how to preserve myself, how to be smart, when to take those chances, when it’s worthwhile, it’s a constant learning throughout my career, but it’s definitely something I am taking seriously at the same time.”

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.

Former NFL agent: New Cam Newton contract likely coming in 2020

The Panthers’ contract with Cam Newton is looking like more of a bargain with each passing quarterback deal that’s signed, but sooner or later, that’s going to change.

NFL denies Mike James’ request to use marijuana as a painkiller More Free agent running back Mike James has tried and failed to persuade the NFL to allow him to use marijuana as a painkiller. James told NJ.com that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told him that marijuana would be a safer alternative, and he found that it was. Now he’s an advocate for medical marijuana — even as the NFL tells him he’s not allowed to use it and play in the league. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to keep playing football, James said. It is a game that I love very dearly.

However, former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck couldn’t hide his excitement over the upside of his former team’s offense with Barkley being added to a mix that includes dynamic wide receivers Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram, and quarterback Eli Manning.

I love the pick, Tuck said Tuesday at the BTIG Charity Day in New York City. He was the best overall player in this NFL Draft, to begin with. It’s hard to get any more value out of a pick at No. 2. But, he should have been the No. 1 pick. I feel good about that selection. It’s definitely a need for [the Giants]. He’s a dynamic player. He’s from this area. The Giants fan base is going to love him. I expect big things from him.

Ex-Rutgers footballer, who got a break once, accused of fracturing woman’s skull

A former Rutgers player who had been given another chance at wiping his record clean after a street brawl three years ago is now facing an attempted homicide charge after an alleged drunken assault on a woman in Nashville.

Sources: WR prospect Antonio Callaway tested positive for marijuana at combine

Former Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, whom some personnel evaluators consider as talented as any wide receiver in this week’s draft, tested positive for marijuana at the combine, NFL sources said.

Callaway also was one of nine Florida players last season who allegedly used stolen credit card information to fund bookstore accounts, and he was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of drug equipment during a traffic stop by Gainesville police in May 2017.

One talent evaluator said Callaway had enough talent “to one day wear a gold jacket.” Now it might be a challenge for Callaway to get drafted.

Asked recently about his past mistakes, Callaway said: “I mean, I matured. I’m past that. I don’t dwell on it or nothing. It happened. It happened, so I can’t cry over spoiled milk. I was young. I was dumb. I was immature. I’ve grown a lot, actually. Got a beautiful girl [his daughter, Aulani, was born in February] to look after, so I ain’t got no choice but to be a man.”

Browns general manager John Dorsey didn’t provide many hints on the team’s draft strategy when he met with reporters last Thursday, saying that he expected at least four quarterbacks to be picked in the first round.

The Browns, coming off an 0-16 season, are expected to select a quarterback with one of their first two picks. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected Cleveland to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 1 in his most recent mock draft, with Mayfield going to the Miami Dolphins with the 11th overall pick.

USC’s Sam Darnold also is widely viewed as a candidate for Cleveland with the first overall pick, and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has been projected ahead of Mayfield among draft-eligible quarterbacks.

Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, recently visited with the Browns. Dorsey referred to Mayfield as a “pleasant fella” during his Thursday news conference.

“The only thing I care about is, do guys win?” Dorsey said. “Does he have accuracy? Does he have a strong arm? Can he throw the ball in the red zone in tight windows? Can he drive the ball? At the end of the game, does he win? That’s what I look for.”

NBA says referees missed violation on Celtics in Game 5 versus Bucks

The NBA’s last-two-minute report confirmed that referees missed a 24-second violation on the Boston Celtics with little more than a minute to play in Tuesday’s Game 5 of a first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks expressed frustration that referees failed to whistle what seemed like an obvious infraction. The NBA confirmed the missed call in their daily review and also noted that Al Horford should have been called for a travel before he took a shot trying to beat the shot-clock buzzer.

“Not a good enough one,” said Prunty. “I was asking for a shot clock violation. I didn’t think he got the ball off, so I said, ‘That’s a shot clock violation.’ That was my discussion. You’ll have to ask them if they can review it. I just know what I said, it’s a shot clock violation. Didn’t get the ball off.

“For me, maybe I had a good view of it, I just didn’t think he got it off, so I voiced my opinion on that.”

In a meeting with a pool reporter, referee Ken Mauer said the potential shot clock violation was not reviewable.

That he was there and rehabilitating his ankle was a positive step for the team during an offseason that has included Beckham trade rumors. New coach Pat Shurmur said before the minicamp practice that he expected Beckham to be on the roster this season.

The relationship between Beckham and the Giants appears to be mending several weeks after a controversial video emerged. In the seven-second clip on social media, Beckham is in a bed next to a pizza, holding what appears to be some sort of brown cigarette or cigar, while a woman next to him has a credit card and what looks like a white, powdery substance aligned in rows.

Cobb, now with the Baltimore Orioles, was scheduled to face his old team on Tuesday night before the game was postponed by rain.

“This is the playoffs. It’s going to be war,” Rubio said. “You’re playing seven games and you’ve got to win four. We know that it’s going to be another war next game, and we just need to be tough but at the same time mentally ready for that. We’re not backing down, but at the same time we know we have to be ready for a fight and respond.”

Paul George picked up a technical early for shoving Joe Ingles, Steven Adams got one for slapping away Rudy Gobert’s arm, Quin Snyder for arguing a call, Ingles one for bumping George and Raymond Felton and Gobert picked up double technicals during a light skirmish.

Altherr goes deep to back Arrieta, Phils beat D’Backs 5-3

Aaron Altherr came through in a clutch spot again.

Altherr hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Jake Arrieta outpitched Zack Greinke and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Wednesday night.

“Big spot in the game, those kinds of moments I focus in a little more,” said Altherr, who had a game-ending RBI single against Pittsburgh on Sunday. “My timing has definitely been better. I feel a lot more relaxed at the plate.”

Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young award winner with the Cubs, has been outstanding in four starts for Philadelphia. The Phillies are off to a 15-8 start.

“Jake is one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “He models the behavior we want from (everyone).”

Arizona had Arrieta on the ropes in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt reached on third baseman Maikel Franco’s throwing error, A.J. Pollock singled and Daniel Descalso walked to load the bases.

Arrieta then walked Chris Owings to force in a run. But Jarrod Dyson hit a bouncer to the mound and Arrieta threw home to get the first out. Franco then made an excellent, backhanded play on Jeff Mathis’ sharp grounder, stepped on third and threw to first for a double play.

Cowboys fans have not been pleased with Goodell since he established and upheld running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension last season. Without Elliott, the Cowboys (9-7) went 3-3 during his absence and missed the playoffs.

To start last year’s draft in Philadelphia, Goodell was soundly jeered and actually playfully implored the crowd to boo louder, which they obliged.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has had his tussles with Goodell as well. He recently was forced to pay part of the NFL’s legal fees for the Elliott case as well as his fight against Goodell’s contract extension, but Jones said he is hoping the crowd takes it a little easy on the commissioner and thinks about future drafts returning to AT&T Stadium.

“I don’t know of anybody, maybe other than me, that’s had more boos than Roger has,” Jones said at the pre-draft news conference. “I know about how that works. I do hope we can be positive in our reception. We are going to do something pretty special, and he did have a final say in that.”

Staubach’s draft experience was far different from what those will experience the next three days. He found out by reading the Washington Post that the Cowboys drafted him in the 10th round in 1964. The AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs took him in the 16th round.

Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants 15-2, end 4-game skid

Washington manager Dave Martinez insisted Trea Turner and the Nationals would snap from their scoring slump soon, even as the losses piled up and the runs didn’t.

Behind three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Washington didn’t need much, but got plenty.

Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, routing the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.

The Nationals scored 14 of their 15 runs with two outs.

“This could actually jumpstart our offense,” Martinez said.

Martinez’s ballclub has been stunted by a rash of injuries this season but salvaged the final game of the three-game series at AT&T Park to end a rough 4-5 road trip. Scherzer (5-1) did his part, striking out 10 in six innings.

With Miller on the disabled list after straining his left hamstring on Wednesday, the AL Central-leading Indians used three relievers in the eighth.

Cleveland overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. A tie game in that spot would usually result in Miller making an appearance, but that won’t be the case for at least the next 10 days.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff groundout off Dan Otero, and Robinson Cano took a called third strike from Jeff Beliveau, who was called up from the minors before the game.

Goody (0-1) relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Nelson Cruz and Seager. Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked, and Mike Zunino popped out.

Indians manager Terry Francona knows he’ll have to use more of a matchup strategy in the late innings without Miller, who hasn’t allowed a run this season.

“Otero came in, did a great job,” he said. “Beliveau came in and got Cano, which was good. Nick, the pitch to Cruz wasn’t a bad pitch. He was trying to get it down out of the zone and it didn’t get out of the zone, and he left a ball up to Seager.”

Rob Manfred: Mound visits way down, inning breaks much shorter

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he is encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings at major league games this season.

Speaking in Toronto on Tuesday before the Blue Jays hosted the Boston Red Sox, Manfred said the new rules have sped up games without any disruption. Mound visits without pitching changes averaged 3.79 per game through Sunday, down from 7.41 for the 2017 season.

“This has really been a unique April for us,” Manfred said. “We’ve set a record for the number of games that have been canceled and, probably more troublingly, we’ve played a lot of games in really tough weather. I think we have 12 cities that have been more than 10 degrees below their average temperature for the month of April.”

Still, Manfred said the solution isn’t as simple as scheduling early-season games in domes and warm-weather cities.

Richards outpitched Clayton Kershaw just months removed from working as a substitute elementary school teacher, and the Marlins took advantage of a wild outing from the Dodgers’ ace to beat Los Angeles 8-6 on Wednesday night.

Richards struck out 10 and pitched one-hit ball over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his fifth major league start. The former independent league right-hander was pulled after throwing 100 pitches.

“We couldn’t figure him out,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

“I just focused on keeping the ball down and attacking the zone early, throwing strikes and looking ahead,” Richards said. “We were just, fastball-changeups a lot. Trying to keep them off balance.”

Richards’ offseason jobs have included teaching and working for the Miller-Coors brewery since going undrafted out of Drury University. He joined a Marlins’ Class A affiliate in 2016 after being noticed while pitching for Gateway of the independent Frontier League for two seasons. He spent this winter working at a school in his hometown of Aviston, Illinois, according to the Miami Herald.

“Trevor was really good today” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s really what we needed.”