Former QB McNabb spends day in jail for DUI

Updated: April 17, 2014, 6:10 PM ET

Associated Press

MESA, Ariz. — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.
Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning.
McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended.
McNabb’s lawyer Stephen Benedetto didn’t immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment.
McNabb played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted with the second overall pick in 1999.
He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one Super Bowl berth before retiring after the 2011 season.Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Jags’ Doss arrested for disorderly conduct

Updated: April 17, 2014, 5:52 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police have arrested Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tandon Doss on a disorderly conduct charge, but he will not be prosecuted.
A police report says the 24-year-old Doss was “out of control” and arrested during a disturbance with another man Wednesday afternoon. The report provided no additional details on the incident. Police spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams said he also had no details.
Adams said the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file charges.
A Jaguars spokesman said they are aware of the incident but have no comment at this time.
A telephone message seeking comment was left with Doss’ agent, Jared Fox.
Doss was a fourth-round draft pick out of Indiana by the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. Jacksonville signed him as a free agent last month.
Doss attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
ESPN.com Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.

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New Jet Johnson motivated to silence critics

Updated: April 17, 2014, 5:36 PM ET

By
Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

After sitting on the market for 12 days and hearing a year’s worth of whispers about his declining value as a running back, Chris Johnson comes to the New York Jets resolved to prove the doubters wrong.
“I know there’s a lot of people out there who believe in me, including the Jets, that’s why they wanted to bring me in,” Johnson said Thursday on a conference call. “But there are still a lot of people out there who say how they’re going to feel, but I don’t see how you can say some of the type things they say about a guy who runs for almost 1,100 yards on a torn meniscus.

“But [for] a player like myself that has accomplished so much in his career, it’s always great to have things to put a chip on your shoulder, have things to motivate you. I can turn a bad thing that people say into a good thing for me, to get me motivated, keep me hungry and keep a chip on my shoulder and prove the naysayers wrong.”
Johnson was signed Wednesday to a two-year deal worth a potential $9 million, a league source told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. There have been questions about how productive Johnson can be given his declining production and his surgery in January to a repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
His knee is healing, and Johnson said he would soon be cleared to resume football activities. The Jets begin their offseason training program next week.
Asked if he was concerned about whether he would be ready to participate during training camp, Johnson said he had “no concern.” 
Johnson also denied a report that he had arthritis in his knee.
“No, that’s not accurate,” he said before laughing.
“If they had major concern in my knee, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have passed the physical.”
Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each, including 2,006 in 2009. Last season, he had 1,077 yards on 279 carries and 42 catches for 345 yards.
“I know the type of player I am, and it’s a situation — once you run for 2,000 yards, you set an expectation for yourself,” Johnson said. “So anytime you don’t get 2,000 yards, it’s a situation where people are going to say, ‘Oh, is he the same guy? Is he this, is he that’? … [Once] you run for 2,000 yards, the whole focus is on you, to stop you.”

When teams key on a player, Johnson said, that player may have fewer yards but he’s more valuable to the offense given that defenses have to commit so many resources to stop him.
Johnson said he picked the Jets after meeting with coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
“They know how to win over there, ” Johnson said. “The type of team that they had last year, they got a great defense. Anytime you have a great defense, you give yourself a great chance at winning.
“We know as an organization if we’re able to put up points, then that will give us a good chance at winning. So I felt I would be able to fit that mold and come there and help the offense.”
The Jets still retain running backs Chris Ivory (182 carries for 833 yards in 2013), Bilal Powell (176 for 697) and Mike Goodson (seven for 61). It is unlikely they will keep all four.
Goodson has been a disappointment after being the first major signing of the John Idzik era. The back was signed last March to a three-year deal worth $6.9 million, but soon after that he was arrested after being found unresponsive in the passenger seat of a vehicle stopped in the left lane of Interstate 80 in New Jersey. Goodson has another court date set for May 19 stemming from the resulting gun and drug charges.
After serving a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season, Goodson played in two games and then sustained a season-ending knee injury.
“They’ll put everybody in the best positions to help the Jets win,” Johnson said. “And that is what really matters and [what] interested me in going to a team that is a winning program and has a chance of being a contender.”

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre’s stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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Starting LB Allen among 4 released by Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Starting outside linebacker Russell Allen was among four players the Jacksonville Jaguars released on Thursday afternoon.
The team also cut receiver Jabin Sambrano, defensive end Will Pericak, and defensive end D’Aundre Reed.
The 27-year-old Allen started 29 games over the past two seasons and 44 games in his five seasons with the Jaguars. He has missed just two games in those five seasons and made 331 tackles and had two sacks, one interception, and three fumble recoveries.
Allen made the team in 2009 as an undrafted rookie out of San Diego State. In addition to playing linebacker he has been a key special teams performer (42 tackles).
Allen became expendable when the Jaguars signed free-agent linebacker Dekoda Watson, whom head coach Gus Bradley said will play strongside linebacker on first and second down and the leo position (hybrid end/linebacker) on third down. Allen’s release saves the Jaguars $2.5 million on the salary cap.
Reed played in six games for Minnesota in 2012 and joined the Jaguars’ practice squad last December. Sambrano and Pericak have each been with several teams and have yet to appear in an NFL game.Covered University of Florida for 13 seasons for ESPN.com and Florida Times-Union
Graduate of Jacksonville University
Multiple APSE award winner

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Can Chris Johnson Succeed for the New York Jets?

Can Chris Johnson Succeed for the New York Jets?
Apr 17, 2014

.Chris Johnson, in some ways, was a victim of his own success. He set the world on fire with 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. He added 503 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns. While he never came close to those numbers again, he has averaged 1,454 total yards the past three seasons. His scoring dipped to 6.7 touchdowns per season during that stretch, but the Tennessee Titans were a mess as a whole. Can he succeed with the New York Jets?.Since averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie and 5.6 ypc during the season that coined the nickname CJ2K, he has averaged 4.3, 4.0, 4.5 and 3.9 ypc and dozens of not-so-flattering variations of his moniker. Still, 1,454 total yards and 6.7 touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at..Last year Tennessee averaged 4.1 ypc and 118.4 rushing yards per game as a team compared to 4.4 and 134.9 by the Jets. In 2012 the Jets averaged 118.5 yards compared to 105.4 from the Jets. In 2012 it was 105.8 for the Jets and 89.9 for the Titans. Clearly Rex Ryan believes in running the football..Johnson will have a little stiffer competition for carries this year. He shared the load last year with Shonn Greene, who managed to gain 3.8 ypc on 77 carries. In New York he’ll share the load with Chris Ivory. Ivory averaged 4.6 ypc on 182 carries. If Bilal Powell, who averaged 4.0 ypc on 176 carries is also in the mix, there isn’t enough for Johnson to continue his past success..Johnson will be a low-end RB2 at best. Ivory moves to RB3 status. This is a move that should help the Jets, but hurt fantasy owners…Also check out:
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Hernandez associate accused of lying to feds

Updated: April 17, 2014, 2:08 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

BOSTON — A man has been arrested as part of a gun trafficking probe related to the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Federal authorities arrested 23-year-old Oscar Hernandez Jr. on Wednesday evening in Florida on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to a federal grand jury. The case is “related” to the athlete’s case, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said. 
The men themselves are not related.
Oscar Hernandez is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the transportation of guns from Florida to Massachusetts. The inquiry was focused on three guns recovered in connection with the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player and Aaron Hernandez associate Odin Lloyd.
Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the June 17 shooting death of Lloyd, who was found dead about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough home.
Oscar Hernandez was to appear in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday and then will be brought to Massachusetts later to face charges. 
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Ocho Canada: Johnson joins CFL’s Alouettes

Updated: April 17, 2014, 2:07 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

Chad Johnson is headed north of the border.
The six-time Pro Bowl NFL wide receiver signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL on Thursday, the team announced on Twitter.

IT’S OFFICIAL: @ochocinco puts pen to paper with @PoppJim. Bienvenue à #HuitCinq chez les #Alouettes! #CFL #LCF pic.twitter.com/yKkRlBwU7y
– Montreal Alouettes (@MTLAlouettes) April 17, 2014
Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco could be hearing a lot of “O Canada” this summer.  His signing comes two days after he was with the Alouettes for the start of their three-day minicamp.
Johnson, 36, last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. He was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins — his hometown team — the following summer, but his contract was terminated one day after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
A plea deal was eventually worked out, but after a probation violation Johnson wound up going to jail for a few days anyway after a judge objected to the way he slapped his attorney on the backside in celebration.
The Alouettes have a history of not judging players by their checkered pasts, as evidenced by how they once gave former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips a chance on what became a Grey Cup-winning team in Montreal.
The CFL game is very much passing-friendly, and that can be at least partially attributed to several rule deviations from the NFL game.
Teams in the CFL have only three downs to gain 10 yards instead of four. The field is 10 yards longer from goal line to goal line, is about 10 yards wider, and the end zones are 20 yards deep — twice as long as those used in high school, college and pro play in the U.S.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Quick Fantasy Baseball Streaming Options for 4/18/14

Quick Fantasy Baseball Streaming Options for 4/18/14
Apr 17, 2014

.Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago CubsSimon is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has a career 3.98 ERA and a 2.64 ERA since joining the Reds in 2012. Simon has a 3.38 career ERA against the Cubs.Season Totals:  2-5, 83.1 IP, 70 Ks, 4.43 ERA (41 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (85 hits, 33 walks).

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Reports: D-Jax owes Rosenhaus over $500K

Updated: April 17, 2014, 9:43 AM ET

ESPN.com news services

An arbitrator recently ruled that DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in unpaid loans and fees, according to multiple media reports.
Yahoo Sports’ reported Rosenhaus originally sought $777,793 for “loans, interest, credit card charges and insurance premiums.”  Rosenhaus filed the grievance in June 2013, shortly after he was fired by Jackson, according to reports.
Jackson intends on appealing the decision that was handed down by arbitrator Roger Kaplan on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
After leaving Rosenhaus, Jackson signed with current agent, Joel Segal, who negotiated his three-year, $24 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) with the Washington Redskins that came days after his release by the Eagles.
Jackson, 27, had 82 receptions for a career-high 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

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Cowboys | Gabe Jackson visits

Cowboys | Gabe Jackson visits
The Dallas Cowboys visited with Mississippi State OG Gabe Jackson earlier this week.
2014-04-17 07:03:10 | Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram – Clarence E. Hill Jr.
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