Pope Francis: NFL values promote a ‘culture of encounter’


Pope Francis hosted a delegation of Pro Football Hall of Fame members and officials Wednesday at the Vatican, saying the NFL’s values promote a “culture of encounter” that is needed in the world.

Among the Hall of Fame members on the visit were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who will be inducted at Canton this August, former Steelers great Franco Harris and legendary 49ers cornerback Ronnie Lott.

“Just to have an opportunity to shake his hand, to really feel his presence in person was one of the most memorable moments of my life,” Curtis Martin said, in a Hall of Fame tweet.

“I saw the same thing when you had to go through what you endured,” Johnson Cheap Jerseys AUStralia said during the NBA Awards Show. He said when he went to the hospital to visit Sager, he left “fired up.”

“I know we’ve tried to encouage you and all you’ve done is encourage us,” Johnson said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added in a video tribute: “I think of Monty and I think of Craig Sager and I can’t think of two better examples of courage.”

Upon accepting the award, Williams said, “When this situation came about, all I could think of was taking care of my kids and I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have the support of my NBA family.”

Howard was one of the few bright spots for the Bears last season. The fifth-round draft pick finished the season second in the league with 1,313 rushing yards, and he added six touchdowns. No Cheap Jerseys Basketball matter whether Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky ends up starting at quarterback, the Bears need Howard to keep up that level of production.

The biggest factor for Howard going into 2017 is the departure of running backs coach Stan Drayton, who left the Bears to join Tom Herman’s staff at the University of Texas.

NL Central-leading Brewers get Ryan Braun, Jonathan Villar back from DL


The Brewers activated Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar from the disabled list Tuesday.

OF Ryan Braun and 2B Jonathan Villar reinstated from the 10-day DL. INF/OF Nick Franklin designated for assignment. 40-man roster is at 39.

Braun has been out since May 25 due to a calf strain. He has played just 30 games this season.

Villar had been struggling even before hitting the shelf (back). The speedy infielder, who nabbed 62 bases last year, currently holds a woeful .213/.283/.342 slash line with six home runs and 14 stolen bases.

This pick goes to the Jazz, who will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 overall pick back to Denver. It’s a somewhat steep price to pay, but it makes sense for the Jazz to do it for Mitchell given some of the uncertainty in their backcourt. He’ll immediately increase their athleticism levels, and he’s also a high-character, high-level kid to add to that locker room.

In a vacuum, I had Adebayo at No. 22 on my board. But this is a perfect fit schematically for what Miami likes to do, and it makes a ton of sense for the Heat to select the Kentucky product here. He moves exceedingly well on the perimeter due to his quickness/athleticism. He’ll be able to blitz pick-and-rolls defensively, and hopefully add some skill offensively. The key for him will be rebounding, as he’d Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses occasionally get beaten on the defensive glass this year.

The Kings can really use some size and shooting skill on the wing, and Jackson is a great fit, especially when you consider they moved back to take a perfect player for them and gained assets to do it. De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Jackson is a great triumvirate to build around on the Cheap Jerseys Basketball perimeter, with star power as well as role players.