President Donald Trump bans Eagles from White House visit


Last month, the NFL announced it will allow players to remain in the locker room while the anthem plays but will fine players and other personnel on the field who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.

The White House released a statement Monday banning the Super Bowl champion Eagles from participating in the traditional visit. President Donald Trump then tweeted on the subject writing, Only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event.

Marcus Smith, the Eagles’ first-rounder in 2014, is another reclamation project of note. Used sparingly but actually more than Jordan last season, he had 2.5 sacks.

Bennett played 84.5 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last season; Richardson was out there nearly 60 percent of the time. It won’t be easy for Seattle to fill those big shoes. There’s a fair mix of candidates to get the job done, but Seahawks will have a hard time avoiding some sort of drop-off up front.

Washington created room for Eaton on the 25-man roster by optioning RHP Wander Suero to Triple-A Syracuse and on the 40-man roster by releasing OF Rafael Bautista. Suero was 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 relief appearances. Bautista went 0 for 6 in nine games for the Nationals.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin threw out the first pitch twice as the Stanley Cup champions were honored. Ovechkin, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner after leading Washington to its first NHL title Thursday, sent his first pitch high above Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer before delivering a strike after asking for a do-over.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (3-6, 4.91 ERA) faces Washington for the first time in his 10-year career as the three-game series concludes.

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