Mitchell Trubisky prepares for his first year as the clear-cut starter

The NFC North has three great quarterbacks, and a fourth one who may be on his way.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could soon join Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins as short-list franchise guys. To get there, Trubisky will need to master an offense designed by new coach Matt Nagy and new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

Looking back, Webb acknowledged his prediction could have gone awry.

The whole offense on the sideline heard it, he said. If he didn’t catch it, it would have been really awkward.

Webb let out a hearty laugh, knowing his well-thrown, high-arcing pass was hauled in by tight end Kyle Carter, who was well-covered in the corner of the end zone.

I threw it into a tight window, for sure, Webb said. I’m rolling out, get out of the pocket and kinda get the defense off-balance a little bit. Kyle did a great job of getting on top of the cornerback; I gave him a chance and he made a good play.

Britton tore his Achilles during an offseason workout in December and was expected to need six months to recover.

Britton, 30, was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016, finishing fourth in Cy Young voting the latter season after posting a 0.54 ERA and an AL-best 47 saves.

The Orioles could also get Darren O’Day back this weekend. His recovery from a hyper-extended right elbow has been slower than anticipated, but Showalter said he didn’t want to rush O’Day’s return, either.

Jacolby is named after Latimer’s father, Colby, who died of cancer in 2005. Colby Latimer played football at Bowling Green.

Latimer’s size shows up on the practice field. His new attention to detail is paying off.

Like staying after, all the work I put in when I first got here, every day, the extra, just the little things, he said. Ninety percent, I think, is mental. The physical part is not the thing. I mentally didn’t get myself ready for the league. Finally got it, learned how to be a pro.

He has also learned it is acceptable to bother his quarterbacks. Latimer is unafraid to pester Eli Manning.

Jonathan Loaisiga reacts to ‘young Mariano Rivera’ comparison

First time, Sanchez said after the Yankees’ 4-1 victory.

Sanchez initially lost the ball in the sun when Carlos Gomez hit a high popup in front of the plate, but he found it in plenty of time.

Once I turned around, the sun was right there in my eyes, Sanchez said. I was able to get in a good spot to catch it and that’s when I heard some footsteps very close to me.

It would have made an easy catch for Sanchez if Severino hadn’t come barreling in to make a jump catch that resembled a basketball player from the second free throw spot stealing a rebound.

I had it, Sanchez said. I had it! And when I closed my glove, I just caught his glove.

The Yankees improved to 32-4 when scoring first and 30-4 when their starting pitcher works at least six innings.

The Yankees acquired Double-A infielder Wendell Rijo from the Brewers to complete a May 25 deal that sent catcher Erik Kratz to Milwaukee for a player to be named. A 22-year-old Dominican who originally signed with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, Rijo hit.200 with four homers, 14 RBI in 80 AB over 32 games for Double-A Biloxi in Southern League.

After Mickelson blew a relatively short putt past the hole on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday, he raced around the other side of the cup to quickly smack another putt. One problem: he didn’t wait for the ball to stop moving

He’s just not meant to win this thing. The fans sang Happy Birthday to him on almost every hole on Saturday, but his age 48 is another big number that probably ruined his day. Men pushing 50 do not win this tournament, and Mickelson wasn’t remotely competitive.

That didn’t matter to his fans. They don’t love him because of his greatness. They love him because he’s Phil, the rare athlete who has produced equal parts exhilaration and exasperation over the course of his career.

That’s the most out of character thing I’ve ever from Phil Mickelson, two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange told the audience. But that’s not really true at all. It was perfectly in character, a human moment from the man who hit his drive onto a merchandise tent at Winged Foot and declared, I’m an idiot.

He should have skipped the smart-guy act and just owned up to the whole ridiculous episode. He lost his mind. Is there a golfer in the world who couldn’t relate to that?

North American bid wins 2026 World Cup with final at MetLife in N.J.

Just one day before the 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia, the FIFA Congress voted to award the United bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States the 2026 World Cup.

The joint North American bid defeated the bid of Morocco 134-65, with one vote for None of the bids.

Seventeen sites across the United States will host, including Philadelphia and East Rutherford, NJ, which will host the 2026 World Cup Final at MetLife Stadium.

The host team always qualifies for the tournament, but there are questions about whether or not all three countries will be given automatic berths. FIFA will discuss it in the coming weeks.

So what does this mean for the Jets?

Well, they traded Hackenberg to the Raiders earlier in spring practices, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. But the conditions of the pick centered on how many games Hackenberg spent on the Raiders’ roster.

William Jackson spent his entire rookie season in 2016 on the injured reserve list, but he quickly made up for missed time with an elite 2017 season. The first-round pick out of Houston was able to register 697 snaps, the seventh-most among Cincinnati defenders.

Per Pro Football Focus, Jackson is 42nd-ranked NFL player going into 2018. Bleacher Report’s NFL 1000 puts him as the No. 11 cornerback, just one spot behind Kyle Fuller, who signed a four-year, $56 million contract with an $18 million signing bonus this offseason.

Sweeney told NJ Advance Media last month he was looking into whether the state could sue the leagues for legal fees and lost tax revenue. The New Jersey Horsemen’s Association, which oversees the state’s racetracks, has already filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

If that wedding was anything like a Bills tailgate session, then there’s a good chance multiple people were set on fire, smashed through a table or both. By the way, not only did Allen pose for a group photo, but he also took some time to jump in a picture with just the bride and the groom.

MLB trade rumors: All-in Astros could spell bad news for Yankees

Based on head-to-head play so far this season, there’s little reason to think the Yankees can’t handle the Astros in a possible postseason battle come October.

Head coach Pat Shurmur appears to be very similar to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has experience with Shumur in both capacities. Before working with Shurmur as a head coach with the Giants, Ellison played under Shurmur when he was tight end coach, then offensive coordinator, with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016.

All in all, Ellison said Shurmur hasn’t changed his style working under a different title.

This clip, which aired on Tuesday morning on FOX News, shows pictures of Eagles players kneeling. The only issue?

The majority of the pictures are players kneeling to pray prior to the game and not during the national anthem.

The clip on FOX News is similar in it’s inaccuracy to a tweet sent Monday evening by Trump, in which he seems to insinuate that the Eagles event at The White House was cancelled due to the team kneeling or staying in the locker room (which is also not true).

One picture that has been circulating online since the news broke is of cornerback Ron Brooks kneeling during the national anthem during a 2017 preseason game. During the regular season, however, no Eagles player took a knee during the national anthem.

The Eagles were originally set to attend a ceremony at The White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl LII victory, but that event was canceled by Trump and The White House late Monday evening.

Isaiah Crowell says he was discouraged by his role in Browns’ offense

Isaiah Crowell wasn’t happy with his role in the Browns’ offense.

The 25-year-old running back signed a three-year contract, worth a reported $12 million, with the Jets in March. He spent the first four seasons of his career with Cleveland.

Crowell was the Browns lead back last season but he split carries with Duke Johnson. Crowell told the New York Post he was frustrated in Cleveland.

You just never knew, Crowell said about his role. Sometimes it was (an every-down situation), sometimes it wasn’t. You just never knew week in and week out. I felt like that was discouraging and annoying.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) felt good following a three-inning simulated game at Toronto’s spring training facility in Florida on Friday. … 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) needs to run the bases at full speed before he will be activated off the disabled list. Donaldson was eligible to come off the DL Friday but remains day-to-day. … 3B prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went to Florida to have his sore left knee examined. Guerrero went on the seven-day minor league DL on Thursday. … LHP Jaime Garcia had treatment on a blister on his index finger Friday and remains on track to make his next start, Gibbons said.

During a recent interview with WFAN radio, the left tackle said he’s up for the challenge of helping the Giants fix their offensive woes, but acknowledged it will take more than just his efforts to enact change.8

There’s a tremendous amount of pressure and I’ve been under a tremendous amount of pressure for years now, Solder said. You can only take it one bite at a time. You go one day better. It’s not going to be one person that is going to fix everything. It’s going to be a group effort. We got to win as a team and do the best we can every single day.

Solder, who spent the first seven seasons of his career in New England, became the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league when he signed a four-year contract worth $62 million with New York in March. The Giants also added guards Patrick Omameh and Will Hernandez this offseason, giving the team the boost they need to revamp their offense.

College coach warps reality to make point about NFL aspirations

Most if not all college football coaches recruit high-school talent with the vague notion that their programs provide a stepping stone to the professional game. Even if the percentage of players who make it through the NCAA to the NFL is way too small to justify putting such notions in the heads of young players, the college coaches don’t hesitate to do it, because they know that any football player who is successful enough to be recruited by an FBS-level school already has entertained the idea of getting paid a lot of money to do what he’s been doing (and will continue to do, for at least three years) for free.

First, he claimed that 85 percent of the makeup of the NFL, those young people all come, 85 percent from single-parent homes. Apart from likely being a wildly gross exaggeration of reality, it’s unclear what his point is.

Y’all might see me again, Rodgers-Cromartie told Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record.

Although Stapleton said that was just a flip comment, Rodgers-Cromartie did have the option of taking a pay cut to stay with the Giants before they cut him in March. Rodgers-Cromartie said at the time that he declined the pay cut because he wanted to see what else was out there, but he also said he thought he would sign by April, and now he remains unsigned in June. It may be that there’s nothing else out there that’s better than whatever pay cut the Giants were offering him three months ago.

The 32-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie played the last four seasons for the Giants after previously playing for the Broncos, Eagles and Cardinals.

This offseason, they let Amendola leave in free agency to the rival Dolphins and surprisingly traded Cooks to the Rams, 13 months after trading for him. They also saw running back Dion Lewis cash in with the Titans after his breakout rushing season.

Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: ‘We Won’t Allow the NFL or Trump to Bully Us’

NFL players aren’t likely to take the league’s new national anthem policy standing up. A team and a player to watch. And just who is the NFL’s version of LeBron James? All of that and more in this week’s 10-Point Stance.

As the national anthem plays across NFL fields next season, you might see a handful of players raising their fists.

In other words, some players will redouble their efforts off the field to fight for social causes, and not protest on it.

Make no mistake, however: There is great anger in many corners of the league. One player, who asked not to be identified, said some players will continue to protest to demonstrate they cannot be intimidated by anyone, including President Donald Trump.

I think what Damarious found out is that there are a lot of passionate Cleveland fans here, and you’ve got to be careful about what you say, Jackson said. I don’t think he meant any harm. I think he has a love and a respect for Curry, obviously. But he found out that, ‘Hey, look, in this city it’s about the Cavaliers and LeBron James.

Jackson also used a comment made by James following Cleveland’s win in Boston on Sunday as a teaching tool for the Browns.

Just the other day, I was able to show them LeBron’s message to the media in Game 7 when he talked about team, he said.

I thought it was tremendous. I thought what he said about his other teammates and how they are a huge part of it and how people who have not played the game or wore shorts or been in a locker room understand what it takes to win. I thought that was sensational. I said that to our football team.

We’ll talk about this after the series is over, he said.

J.J. Watt to pay for Santa Fe H.S. victims’ funerals

On Friday, a 17-year-old male opened fire at Santa Fe High School, killing 10 people and injuring others, per the Associated Press.The high school is located in the greater Houston area.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt informed the school that he will personally cover the funeral expenses for the victims of the May 18 tragedy.

The Texans organization offered their condolences to the victims, their families and those affected.

“On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Santa Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors.”

Watt, who was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, helped raise more than $37 million for people affected by Hurricane Harvey last fall.

They placed guard K.J. Malone, a rookie from LSU, on the reserve/retired list.

The Texans also made the move of guard Jeff Allen to the physically unable to perform list official. They also placed second-year defensive end Matthew Godin on PUP.

Those four will team up with six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and veteran William Gholston to form one of the deepest rotations in the league. And if it works, look for more teams to follow suit.

Many expected the Tennessee Titans to take a leap in Marcus Mariota’s third season, and while they won a playoff game, Mariota hit a wall and the team won nine games for the second year in a row. They entered 2018 needing fresh energy, and it looks like they’ve found exactly that in new head coach Mike Vrabel.

Vrabel replaces Mike Mularkey, a retread who lacked the “it” factor you want in a head coach. Vrabel is a well-reputed natural leader who learned from the best when playing for Bill Belichick for the majority of his NFL career.

Stevens has deep Cleveland roots, but he’s slowly converting family members to pull for Boston’s teams.

His parents are from Northeast Ohio and his wife, Tracy, is from suburban Rocky River. Before the game, Stevens was asked what happens to all the Cavs, Browns and Cavaliers gear he gets as gifts.

Celtics: Seeking to become the sixth No. 2 seed to win the East in eight years. Boston was a No. 4 seed when it advanced to the finals in 2010. … Fell to 3-8 in playoff games in Cleveland, the most by a Cavs opponent at the Q. … Stevens was relieved to learn that Boston legend Bill Russell was recovering after a hospital stay brought on by dehydration. Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Celtics. “He’s the ultimate basketball winner,” Stevens said. “The way he impacted winning, the unselfishness of a teammate, what he stood for off the floor — everything about him.”

Cavaliers: James needs six field goals to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) for the most in postseason history. … Cleveland has won six straight playoff games at home. … Improved to 14-6 vs. Boston in the playoffs.

Frisco Police Dept. officers responding to a report of a minor crash at 4:45 a.m. CT found a 2017 blue Lamborghini had crashed into a light pole after leaving the roadway. Officers determined the vehicle was registered to Williams but no driver was at the scene.

Police said they later found Williams near his residence riding an electric bicycle in the roadway and arrested him on suspicion of being intoxicated in public.

Williams is entering the second year of a four-year, $17 million contract he signed last offseason.

Manziel has been touting his comeback through social media for a while. But The path back to the NFL wasn’t going to be that easy, as he got no real interest. He had to go and prove himself again, and the CFL might be perfect for that. CFL’s game should fit Manziel’s style While Manziel has become a punch line over the years, he’s also one of the most exciting players in college football history.

Cedric Thornton worked out for Eagles

Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan‘s back surgery may keep him out for the start of the regular season and it could also lead to a return engagement for a former member of the team.

Geoff Mosher of The Score reports that defensive tackle Cedric Thornton worked out for the Eagles recently. Thornton played for the Eagles from 2011 to 2015 before moving on to the Cowboys and Bills the last two years.

Thornton had 27 tackles and two sacks in 15 games for Buffalo last year and started the last 45 games he played for the Eagles. Those appearances came with a different coaching staff in place in Philadelphia, but his experience could be appealing as they prepare for Jernigan’s potential absence from the lineup.

Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, Destiny Vaeao and Elijah Qualls are already on hand as other options at defensive tackle for the Eagles.

There’s another team worthy of such a distinction. It’s just that they play in an area better known for stealing Canadian teams rather than embodying them.

Yes, friends. The Vegas Golden Knights are Canada’s team.

Spruce, who holds most University of Colorado receiving records of note, joins a group fronted by Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin. They also drafted Dylan Cantrell in the sixth round this year.

There’s a good chance Caleb Sturgis was the first player picked for the Dolphins’ 2015 post-OTA kickball game … because, you know, he’s a kicker.

But he didn’t last longMiami’s kicker sustained a quadriceps injury to his non-kicking (left) leg during the “team-building activity” organized by an unknown person of authoritylikely a coach or trainer.

Sturgis was expected to miss minicamp but recover in time for the regular season.