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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AFC North 2017 predictions: Ravens, Bengals can’t let Steelers run away


The AFC North is not the NFL’s best division. But it’s not the worst, either, and it remains one of the most competitive. The Steelers and Ravens figure to reinforce that sentiment in 2017.

The Bengals hope to crash their rivals’ playoff-hopeful party and bounce back from a six-win season after four prior years of double-digit wins. The Browns, of course, just hope to win more than one game.

The AFC North has not seen a repeat champion since 2012, when Baltimore won its second consecutive division title and rode the momentum all the way to a Super Bowl victory. Your move, Pittsburgh.

While there is no one in that position with “NBA 2K18,” the soundtrack offers a wide variety of current-day hits and blasts from the past that goes 50 songs deep.

Among the artists featured are Kendrick Lamar, Future, Drake, Pitbull, OutKast, Naughty by Nature, Def Leppard, Nas and even Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard, who raps under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. He actually has two songs in the game, with one of them hidden away to be unlocked through the game’s MyPlayer career mode.

A playlist has been put together on Spotify which features 48 of the 50 songs.

As we’ve noted before, we’re not buying what the Texans are selling in regard to their starting quarterback. Tom Savage is not the player who can lead Houston deeper into the playoffs, so Deshaun Watson’s development as a rookie will be key throughout 2017.

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