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Supreme Court ruling on trademarks expected to help Redskins

Scot McCloughan was fired by the Washington Redskins in March, a move that ended a brief run with the team that began with optimism and ended under a cloud of rumors and suspicion. McCloughan is no longer tied to the ‘Skins, so why not do something with what we presume is a sizable amount of team merch? McCloughan’s visual trademark with Washington was a camouflage Redskins cap, and that’s one of the items he’s now put up for auction on eBay. In his opinion for the court, Justice Samuel Alito rejected arguments that trademarks are government speech, not private speech. Alito also said trademarks are not immune from First Amendment protection as part of a government program or subsidy. Tam insisted he was not trying to be offensive, but wanted to transform a derisive term into a statement of pride. The Redskins also contend their name honors American Indians, but…

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Kendall Wright ready to be ‘free’ of Tennessee Titans

cheap nfl jerseys The 30-year-old is coming off a torn rotator cuff and hip injury that required surgery last year and relegated him to just three games in his final season with the Jets. Potentially adding Decker would be an intriguing move for an overhauled Titans pass-catching corps. The Titans drafted wideouts Corey Davis in the first round and cheap jerseys and Taywan Taylor in the third round of the draft. If Tennessee adds Decker, it would give quarterback Marcus Mariota even more firepower for a much-improved passing attack in his third season. So there you go. From Elvin Bethea to Earl Campbell to Marcus Mariota, that’s some lineage with this club. Although I’m not sure how celebrated the old Oilers are in Tennessee. It reminds me of a time I talked to Jack Youngblood (you are pot-committed on my humblebrags and name-dropping now) and he said it was strange…

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Cowboys rookies bounce back in win over Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has run off five straight wins to take control of their own destiny in the NFC wild-card race. They currently hold the No. 2 wild-card spot if the season ended today, and are also in a tie with the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC South lead. The Falcons currently own the division based on tiebreakers. The Saints’ playoff chances are slim to none with slim basically having left town following Sunday’s loss in Tampa. Five teams currently sit ahead of the Saints in the race for the last wild-card spot, the only ticket to the postseason still available to them. This has quietly been an excellent offseason for the Buccaneers’ defense. After retaining coordinator Mike Smith, who had head coaching looks, the team pivots toward a dominant presence against the run and pass. Baker has played in at least 14 games each year since the 2012 season. Baker…

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Los Angeles Rams fire head coach Jeff Fisher

cheap jerseys The stadium is half-full three minutes before the scheduled kickoff, but cheers wail as if the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were at capacity. The Rams expected 91,000 fans for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys at the Coliseum. Official attendance stood at 89,140, breaking the NFL’s all-time record for largest U.S. preseason attendance. The Rams run out to a warm welcome — from the L.A. weather and from pillars spewing fire and popping fireworks at the edge of the tunnel. It is loud. Woo’s echo around the bowl of the stadium, but little clapping can be heard, as most of the fans hold phones to capture the Rams’ first steps onto a Los Angeles home field since 1994, and their first home game back in the Coliseum since 1979. Johnson struggled at times last season, allowing an 83.7 passer rating in coverage, which ranked 61st in the…

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Seattle Seahawks sign ex-Vikings kicker Blair Walsh

With Trevone Boykin’s legal trouble and the lack of experience behind Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are in the market for a veteran backup quarterback. Adding Kaepernick as an insurance policy is logical for both sides. The quarterback has the support of the major players in Seattle’s locker room and could fit in the run-based offense if he needed to play due to injury to Wilson. It might not happen right now, but Kaepernick signing in Seattle at some point this summer makes the most sense of any potential landing spot for the quarterback. Peterson is an interesting fit for the Seahawks, who, despite favoring a brand of power football, still run many of their plays from the shotgun — a slightly less favorable starting point for Peterson than a straightforward I formation or single back formation where the quarterback is under center. A nice explainer from the Star-Tribune in Minnesota…

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San Francisco 49ers name John Lynch general manager

cheap jerseys While adding a rotational passing-down rusher seems like a move more appropriate for a playoff contender, Lynch has three valuable rushers that need a mentor. Alongside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, the defense has undergone a major upgrade in the professionalism department this offseason. Dumervil has been to the Pro Bowl five times, most recently after a 17-sack season in Baltimore three years ago. He missed half the season in 2016 due to off-and-on foot problems. Smith struggled in two seasons in San Francisco, compiling 930 yards and seven touchdowns on 53 receptions in 28 games. In 2016, the 28-year-old missed four games and ended the season on injured reserve with a concussion. He caught just 20 passes for 267 yards and three scores. “The 49ers would like to thank Torrey for representing this organization with tremendous class over the last two years,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in…

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Three keys to the Seattle Seahawks getting their swagger back

Jordan entered the NFL in 2013 from Oregon as an enticing pass rusher who could cover in space. In his first two seasons, he compiled three sacks and 39 tackles in 26 games of limited duty. Jordan possesses the twitchy athleticism that gets scouts geeked for prospects, but has yet to fully put it together as a pro. If he can stay healthy and off the suspension list, Jordan could prove to be an intriguing rotational player in sub-packages. Peterson is an interesting fit for the Seahawks, who, despite favoring a brand of power football, still run many of their plays from the shotgun — a slightly less favorable starting point for Peterson than a straightforward I formation or single back formation where the quarterback is under center. A nice explainer from the Star-Tribune in Minnesota can be found here. Behind Tony Romo, the 31-year-old running back has been the…

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Matt McGloin agrees to deal with Philadelphia Eagles

cheap jerseys Huff was pulled over Tuesday morning for speeding on the Walt Whitman Bridge and charged with possession of an unloaded handgun (9mm) without a permit and a small amount of marijuana. Huff was a solid special teams performer but brought replacement-level talent to the passing game. He’s caught 13 passes for 72 yards (5.5 average) and a touchdown this season. Huff ends his three-year stint with the Eagles compiling 48 receptions for 482 yards and four scores. Peters is set to make $9.5 million in base salary, and his workout bonuses bump that number to $10.7 million. He’s set to count $11.7 million against the Eagles’ salary cap. While there was some discussion about Peters being asked to take a pay cut, it appears he’ll play this season under that number. Philly has cap issues entering the new league year, but the veteran left tackle owned almost all…

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Mike Vick on the 2017 New York Jets: ‘Man, good luck’

cheap jerseys The Jets have now used nine straight first-round picks on defensive players since taking quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2009. And why not, considering Gang Green has ranked in the bottom half of the league in scoring defense in five of the past six seasons. The Jets have a long way to go to challenge for the AFC East, but Thursday’s decision gives this team one of the draft’s most treasured assets. It’s a start. With strong-armed Josh McCown at the helm, coach Hue Jackson leaned hard on the vertical passing game, throwing the ball 20 times over Cleveland’s first 25 plays to help forge a 20-7 lead at the half. McCown picked up where he left off in Week 2, ripping through New York’s secondary for completions of 35, 32, 32, 24, 18, 17 and 15 yards. The offense vanished in the second half, though, with two straight…

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New York Giants clinch first 10-win season since 2010

Of course, combing a 24-year-old’s Twitter feed for clues seems like a fruitless endeavor, especially if Beckham does show up to mandatory minicamp on June 13. They might have just been a snapshot of how he felt in the moment — an undoubtedly complex mix of emotions, pressures, thoughts and fears. If he doesn’t show up, though, Mara’s comments about a long-term deal and how Beckham feels about his current situation all of a sudden become quite interesting. Keeping Beckham in New York for a long time will be expensive in the kind of way that alters a salary cap structure. Currently, the club has about $8 million in space, according to salary cap site Over The Cap. Beckham this year accounts for just $3,311,063 — a number that will rise to $8,459,000 next season on the fifth-year option. His prospective new deal will be worth more than Falcons wideout…