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Former NFL lineman Evan Mathis’ 1952 Mickey Mantle card goes for $2.88M

The trial resumes Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where former NCAA investigator Angie Cretors is expected to testify in person, along with the playing of at least one video deposition.

Rudolph enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017, completing 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards and 37 touchdowns with nine interceptions.

He is blessed with hugely impressive arm strength and is capable of throwing with anticipation and touch even from off-platform positions and with pressure in his face.

However, his accuracy is far from consistent and he will also need to fix issues with footwork and scanning the field if he is to succeed in the NFL.

Rudolph, though, will have time to learn under Roethlisberger and, when he does see the field, will be able to throw to a familiar target. Pittsburgh selected former Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington with the 60th overall pick in the second round.

Washington and Rudolph demonstrated a remarkable rapport in college, the former racking up 1,549 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017, and they will hope that continues once Roethlisberger hangs up the cleats.

Petty was selected by New York in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft after a standout career at Baylor. He has thrown four touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 career appearances, including seven starts.

The report comes a day after the Jets took USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They also re-signed veteran Josh McCown, who started 13 games for New York last season, to a one-year contract worth a reported $10 million in March and acquired former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater days later.

Defense. This is an area of weakness for both teams. The Caps opted not to make a splash at the trade deadline, addressing their deficiencies with a few band-aid fixes instead. The Penguins won the Cup in spite of their defense last season but haven’t made significant upgrades since (though, of course, this time Kris Letang is in the lineup). Both teams have allowed a little more than 31 shots per game in the playoffs. Advantage: Even.

Goaltending. Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray didn’t have the best regular season, and he was solid in Round 1 of the playoffs but not spectacular. Meanwhile, we can’t gush enough about Braden Holtby’s performance after the 2016 Vezina winner was benched at the start of the playoffs in favor of Philipp Grubauer. Holtby was sensational after he returned to the crease in Game 3, stopping 127 of 137 shots for a .923 save percentage and 1.92 GAA. Advantage: Capitals.steelers_130

Gettleman met Barkley at the combine, but only for a 15-minute meeting.

A report surfaced last week that the Giants are in full rebuild mode, with general manager Dave Gettleman letting it be known the Giants are “blowing up’’ the team.

That does not sound right, considering the Giants are committed to Eli Manning, their 37-year old quarterback, made left tackle Nate Solder, who will be 30 before taking a snap for the Giants, the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL and signed Jonathan Stewart, a running back with 10 years in the league.

The Giants have the No. 2 pick in a draft that will be run for the first time by Gettleman, adding players for Pat Shurmur, their new head coach.

“We’re in a very cool position to have the No. 2 draft pick,’’ Tisch said. “We have a lot of options and I think with Shurmur and Gettleman being rookies, I think it’s a great opportunity for the team to go into this draft with options and two very fresh points of view coming from the GM and the head coach.’’

Well, yes, the inquiry was about a particular running back. The Giants own the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft and on the night of April 26 it is looking more likely than not they will use that lofty perch to select Barkley, the wunderkind running back from Penn State.

“When you watch his tape you don’t see anything he can’t do,’’ Shurmur said. “He can do everything you’re looking for in a running back, and then he’s a terrific human being as well. We got to spend some time at the [scouting] combine. Our people have been to see him, and I’m certainly going to get to learn more about him as we go, as well.”

It sure does not sound as if general manager Dave Gettleman thinks taking a running back with the No. 2 pick is too high.

The Giants and every team get to bring in 30 players for pre-draft visits and Barkley will be invited to spend time in East Rutherford, N.J. These visits, at the team facility, also include going out to dinner with members of the coaching staff and provide the most extensive fact-finding and getting-to-know-you opportunity leading up to the draft.jets_116

Eagles increase season tickets by average of $10 per seat, per game

The Eagles are giving fans more reasons to attend home games, and the fans are going to have to give a little more to do so.

The team has confirmed that season-ticket prices will increase in 2018. According to a team spokesman, season tickets will jump by an average of $10 per seat, per game.

The Santa Clara district attorney’s office files against Smith three felony charges of possession of an assault weapon stemming from the 2012 house party incident. The civil lawsuit accuses Smith of shooting into the air and of owning illegal firearms.

Smith surrenders to authorities in advance of Nov. 12 court date to face felony weapons charges.

49ers activate Smith to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges.

The Raiders finalized their coaching staff, announcing 24 coaches. It includes offensive coordinator Greg Olson, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

The Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn is the most-added player this past week for good reason; he’s fourth in the NBA over the past weekend with 23 rebounding chances (defined as being within 3.5 feet of an available rebound). It also helps that the Knicks’ pivot leads the NBA in blocks during the past seven days, just ahead of fellow ascendant center Jarrett Allen (available in 80 percent of ESPN leagues).

One key player comparison I’d like to present is Prince versus Jackson. I could be wrong, but I feel like the fantasy market is going to overvalue Jackson thanks to his strong finish to the season that has seen him average 21.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 2.0 SPG on 19.3 shots during his past 12 games. Prince has averaged 17.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.2 SPG and 2.3 3PG on 14.8 shots during his past 12.buccaneers_054

Allen has many of the tools to be a better-than-average quarterback.

So take this with caution, Bills Mafia. But your general manager, Brandon Beane, had a good week, from my view of it. To recap: he got the first pick in the third round for a quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, he was clearly ready to move on from; Beane also paid interesting young quarterback A.J. McCarron for two years what the Jets paid Josh McCown for one ($10 million); and Beane gambled that coach Sean McDermott can make talented but meh defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (five years, $50 million) shine again.

But it’s not his torn triceps driving him away from football, or the prospect of a cushy TV job for FOX or ESPN, though both are knocking at his door, and he’s a candidate for a three-man booth at one of the two networks this fall. It’s his left knee. Four knee surgeries have left him with a bone-on-bone situation in the knee. The knee got so painful in the past couple of years that at times it was intolerable to even stand at practiceso he spent practices inside the trainers’ room. The knee was so bad that Thomas considered an experimental procedure that would have inserted baby cartilage in the knee.

No, because if they did it would defy all logic. The Jets are badly in need of a quarterback, and they gave up way too much to use this pick on anything else. If the Jets don’t take a quarterback with this pick, then trading up makes little sense. The Like we said, the Jets can’t finish this season without their quarterback of the future. They’re taking a quarterback.

He’s big and strong and as we all saw at the combine, he’s got a huge arm. But his issues with accuracy are a huge problem. These things don’t just solve themselves in the NFL, as Hackenberg has shown us. Maybe the upside outweighs the risk, but there are better options.patriots_096

Kyrie Irving injury update: Celtics guard out Thursday vs. 76ers

Kyrie Irving will not be playing in the Celtics’ matchup with the 76ers Thursday.

According to ESPN, the Celtics guard will miss the game with a sore shoulder.

Peters: Philipp Grubauer is the guy for me here. He has been biding his time with the Washington Capitals and has performed well when called upon. The only thing I’d be concerned about is the number of reps he gets. In spot duty, he has appeared in 91 NHL games and has a .923 save percentage, which is obviously strong. He has only appeared in two playoff games, however, for a total of 79 minutes. There’s a lot more to learn about him at the NHL level, but you have to respect what he has done when he has had the chance.

There were also highly publicized incidents Monday involving the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the 76ers’ Ben Simmons, and the Rockets’ Trevor Ariza and Clippers players Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers.

UPDATE: Afflalo did not speak to reporters after the game. Bjelica said he tried to calm his “wild” adversary before engaging.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with that guy, but at that point I have to protect myself and my family,” he told reporters, per The Associated Press.

While the Ducks are surging, the Capitals are trying to put together some consistent play. Holtby was pulled early in the second period after giving up three goals on nine shots. Philipp Grubauer made eight saves in relief for the Capitals, who have lost three straight road games.

Washington failed to put together three straight wins, something it hasn’t done since notching five in a row Dec. 28-Jan. 9.

Rakell made it 3-0 at 5:27 in the second period. He beat Holtby with a powerful wrist shot from the left circle, prompting Capitals coach Barry Trotz to turn to Grubauer. Holtby has been pulled from four of his 11 starts since the beginning of February.

It’s that last item on the list that really kills me.

I started to worry in the fourth quarter. I didn’t worry when the Patriots were down, 28-3, against the Falcons in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI. But I did worry when they were down, 41-33, in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII, and time was running out. Then Danny Amendola didn’t catch the ball, and there was no more time. Time was up. It was Tom Brady vs. time, and time won.

Because it meant we didn’t get a TB Times post from Brady. He only puts them up after victories.

As many of you know, I’ve been tracking the evolution of Brady’s social media all season. I’ve obsessed over the bizarre tale of a crocodile that the quarterback, his Social Media Guy (S.M.G.), and an artist (D.K.) have been telling on Instagram and Facebook. The TB Times post after the Super Bowl, the final game of the season, was supposed to bring some closure to all of us invested in this enigmatic reptile.

Porzingis suffered the ACL tear in his left knee on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks when he landed awkwardly after converting a dunk. He will have surgery to repair the injury in the coming days, though it hasn’t yet been scheduled. Porzingis is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months after surgery.

“Very tough news to swallow. A tough day for the organization. Tough day for the young man,” Knicks general manager Scott Perry said on Wednesday. “You think of the young person first.

Note 1: “Targeting” means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are not limited to:

Gay, who covered Owens for the majority of the first half, told ESPN after the game, “I don’t know what he was before the injury, but I’ll tell you, it was like he didn’t lose a step at all. I couldn’t be at the level he was playing.”

Samuel could tell Owens wasn’t 100 percent, though. “Some may [have] thought Owens was selfish, but he didn’t want to miss the stage of the Super Bowl for himself and his teammates. Sure, he wasn’t the same Owens. He didn’t have great explosiveness in his run. There were times that he appeared to be limping.”

He was the only one who knew he was going to play.49ers_109

Jets fan holds kid over wall to get game-used football

Blame their “sharing is caring” offense. Seven players have at least 100 receiving yards this year; eight have caught at least one touchdown pass. Most games, they have such a big lead in the second half, they don’t have to throw that much anyway (even though Ertz’s final catch, that got him over the 100-yard hump, came with six minutes left, with Nick Foles as quarterback).

But does it matter that no one had hit 100 yards receiving now? Naaaah. They’re still a blast to watch.

You have to admire Newton here. He could have been more efficient and led the Panthers to a huge win against the Jets. Instead, he did just enough to get them to 8-3 with a 35-27 win.

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills, knee, 1:00 p.m. ET: McCoy was on the injury report last week because of his knee but was active and carried the ball 15 times. He emerged no worse for the wear but remains on the practice injury report this week. McCoy was a full participant each day, and his removal from the pregame injury report confirms his status for Sunday.

Washington State leading wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. has been dismissed from the program for an undisclosed violation of team rules, according to a team spokesman.

Martin led the Cougars with 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season and has 150 catches for 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past three years. The junior had been suspended for Washington State’s game against Colorado in October for a violation of team rules.

He is the second wide receiver to exit the program since the regular season ended, joining former high school teammate Isaiah Johnson-Mack. Johnson-Mack ranked second on the team with 555 receiving yards this year and third with 60 receptions. Both players are from Belle Glade, Florida.

Tom Brady ties Peyton Manning, Brett Favre for most regular season wins by NFL starting QB

Tom Brady is in the NFL’s record books once again. With the New England Patriots’ 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5, Brady collected his 186th regular season victory, tying Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the most ever by a starting quarterback. Brady completed 30 of 40 attempts for 303 yards, one touchdown, and one pick en route to this milestone. Brady already owns the most career wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history, including his 25 playoff victories.

Why is this important?

If Brady continues to play after 40, he’ll probably break more records. In fact, he currently has 467 passing touchdowns, which is good for fourth all-time. Manning sits at the top of that list with 539. Brady could potentially shatter that record if he decides to play for another two years.

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” Goodell said at the NFL owners meetings in New York. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.”

The NFL said the draft site will use the AT&T Stadium field, stands and outdoor plazas, where the NFL Draft Experience festival will take place. The three-day event will again be televised live by ESPN.

“I really think we came up with an idea and concept that will deliver a unique experience unlike anything seen at the NFL draft so far,” Cowboys executive Charlotte Jones Anderson said.

Alex Smith maintains elite QB status in keeping Chiefs unbeaten

The season still has a long way to go, and how you finish still means more than how you start more often than not. But everyone in the NFL, especially the AFC, has to take seriously how Alex Smith is playing a quarter of the way in.

The AFC West definitely does. The news was bleak for the Raiders, of course, hearing Monday that they were losing Derek Carr for two to six weeks. Until he’s back at full strength, the obvious edge in the three-team race belongs to the Chiefs and Smith. They’re 4-0, the NFL’s last undefeated team, and Smith is the biggest reason, by far.

Like Snead with the Goff deal, we were missing several high draft picks from the ill-fated Herschel Walker trade, which was made before I became GM. As was the case for Snead, I had to be aggressive in free agency, and we found several starters. Then we accumulated several high draft picks by trading some vets, and the result was an influx of talent and six playoff teams over the next seven years, including our 15-1 season in 1998, before I left to become Titans president.

Snead is hoping for a similar run of success. The timing would be great for the Rams if they can become playoff regulars and Super Bowl contenders over the next several years leading into their move to a new stadium in 2020. (There are plenty of suites, club seats, season tickets and sponsorships to sell.)

Meanwhile, the Rams are hoping their great start will translate into higher attendance at the LA Coliseum beginning this weekend. After averaging over 80,000 per game last season following their move from St. Louis, there were a multitude of empty seats for this year’s first two home games. The Seattle game will be a good test to see if the fickle LA fans, who have plenty of sports options, are buying into the new-look Rams. A team with such offensive firepower, led by an emerging star quarterback, a top running back and a young guru as a head coach, should move the needle.

Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill could be punished by NFL for his peace sign

Tyreek Hill exploded Thursday night against the Patriots on a 75-yard pass play for a touchdown. Hill ended up being wide open down the field, so he took some additional time to celebrate and put a peace sign to New England’s defenders.

The problem with Hill’s peace sign isn’t the fact he did it, but it’s because he did it in the direction of a defender. The part of the rulebook that explains this part of taunting goes as such: “The use of baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams. One could argue Hill making that gesture is baiting the Patriots.

Johnson sought a second opinion after an early prognosis of a dislocated wrist. Rookie running back T.J. Logan will miss eight to 12 weeks with the same injury.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on Monday said he has “all the confidence” in the running backs on the roster.

“Andre [Ellington] looked very good. Kerwynn [Williams] was good,” Arians said. “Our young guys, we’ll see what we got and what’s available.”

The Cardinals are signing former Arizona State running back D.J. Foster off the Patriots’ practice squad, a source confirmed to ESPN on Monday after it was first reported by NFL Network.

Re-signing Chris Johnson, who was cut on Sept. 1, could be an option, Arians said.