Vols RB Jordan arrested on gun, drug charges

Tennessee Volunteers running back Tim Jordan was arrested Saturday in Lakewood, Florida, on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon and two misdemeanor drug charges, according to online records.

Jordan, 20, was released Saturday on $2,000 bond, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Department records.

The concealed weapon charge is a third-degree felony for not having a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The misdemeanor charges are for possession/use narcotic paraphernalia and cannabis possession not more than 20 grams.

Citing the arrest warrant, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Jordan was arrested shortly before 5 a.m. ET. He was stopped after Lakeland police spotted him speeding and swerving into the bicycle lane. A 17-year-old male passenger was in his car and also arrested. According to the warrant, Jordan told police that he had a loaded Ruger LCP pistol in his back pocket. After searching Jordan’s vehicle, police found approximately 9.25 grams of marijuana, a scale and several plastic bags.

The newspaper reported that a Tennessee athletic department spokesman declined comment.

Jordan, who will be a senior in the 2020 season, finished third on the Volunteers last season with 428 yards rushing. He has rushed for 1,002 yards in three seasons.

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Chase Young and Markelle Fultz: High school pals linked by lofty goal

  • Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
  • Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns

A little over five years ago, Maryland high school basketball teammates Chase Young and Markelle Fultz expressed the same vision for the future. It was ambitious: The pair set a goal to go No. 1 in their respective drafts, Young in the NFL and Fultz in the NBA.

“We just had a fire in us in high school,” said Young, a better prospect as a pass-rusher than as a basketball player at DeMatha High, “and in our sports we were both doing pretty well. The first pick is something everyone wants to be, and that was something we wanted to do. We weren’t going to stop until we got it.”

They knew they would need to push each other to make their dreams reality. Sometimes it meant battling on the court, where Fultz’s talent flashed against Young’s competitiveness. Young asked — demanded — to guard Fultz in practice. Sometimes it was a one-on-one battle before or after practice. Other times it was during a full-team workout.

Those practices revealed traits that helped Fultz achieve his goal, going No. 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017. The guard has since been traded to the Orlando Magic. Young just missed the mark, being taken No. 2 by the Washington Redskins in this year’s NFL draft.

What happened during their one-on-ones depends on whom you ask.

Fultz: “It wouldn’t go too well. He would either foul or I would score.”

Young: “No, he was just soft. I used to strap him. I was lockdown. I was like a Dennis Rodman.”

DeMatha basketball coach Mike Jones: “Markelle is telling the closer version to the truth.”

Jones gets the last word, because it speaks to the players’ relationship, developed at the all-boys school in Hyattsville, Maryland, and a bond that remains strong.

“If Markelle had a great practice against Chase one day, that didn’t discourage [Young] the next day from saying, ‘I got him again.’ And vice versa. … That’s one of the things that pushed them to be as good as they are.”

Opponents at an early age

Young and Fultz knew of each other before they met. Young said they likely were opponents in youth basketball leagues. But Young started his prep career at Pallotti High in Laurel, Maryland, staying there through his sophomore football season before transferring to DeMatha and playing on the junior varsity basketball team.

“I realized I had seen him before, multiple times,” said Fultz, who was a grade older. “I was like, this dude is big as hell. Seeing the way he moved for his size was one of the first things I noticed.”

They grew close, in part because they had a lot in common.

“We had a career center and we’d go in and get help and come early,” Fultz said. “He was in there just like I was. To see someone care so much about everything and being a good person and getting good grades and treating people the right way, it reminded me of myself. It was easy to relate.”

Within a year, both had become big-time talents; Fultz knew by his senior season he’d likely be one-and-done in college. Young, who was coming off a 19-sack season as a junior, was being recruited as a defensive end by Alabama, Ohio State and a host of others. He chose the Buckeyes and then shared his goal of going No. 1 in the NFL draft.

“It’s a mentality we had being young,” Fultz said. “We didn’t know where we’d be, but we both believed, with the work ethic and talent we had, that anything is possible, so why not set it to be that?”

Fultz said seeing Young dominate in football motivated him. “He’s killing it during his season; I need to kill it in mine. It doesn’t put pressure; it’s more of a brotherly competition.”

Young followed Fultz’s freshman season at the University of Washington closely. Then a high school senior, Young studied Fultz’s highlight tapes, interviews and practice videos.

“It was somewhere I wanted to be one day, just on the football side,” Young said. “It motivated me by him doing well. It’s like, I know I’ve got to keep pushing because I’ve got to do well, too.”

Huge goals, simple plan

As Jones said, there’s a difference between saying you want to do something and having a plan to make it happen. That’s what separated Fultz and Young from others. Their plan was simple: Work hard every day.

“They really motivated each other,” said Young’s mother, Carla. “They knew their skill level and desire to be great and to keep each other accountable and keep pushing one another.

“[Young] would say, ‘I’m going to do this.’ He didn’t talk about ‘I want to.'”

Fultz worked on the details of his game — what he would do, for example, when he got into the lane. He would leave school after practice and find another gym for more work. In the summertime, Fultz would arrive early to camps where he was working in order to do extra dribbling or shooting drills. This past summer, when he was about to enter his third NBA season, Fultz showed up four hours early for camp, then stayed for a couple of hours afterward.

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Young developed a workmanlike attitude when he was 6 years old. His parents remembered that former star running back Herschel Walker never lifted weights. Young didn’t lift weights until high school. Instead, he did pushups, squats and agility work with a ladder or cones. He would play a card game, and, based on the card he picked, he would have to do a corresponding number of exercises. And, Young became a film junkie before he reached Ohio State.

“He worked hard from an early age,” Carla Young said. “We never had to tell him to work out or exercise. We almost had to threaten him to sit down.”

During football season in high school, Young would head to the gym after practices for 20 minutes of shooting baskets with no coaches around.

“Some guys are talented in one [sport] so they have this prima donna or this, ‘I’m Chase Young so I don’t have to do that’ attitude,'” Jones said. “He never behaved that way. He played like he had something to prove. I knew I could count on Chase.

“If he wanted to be a Division I basketball player, he could have been. I want that to be very clear. You could see his talent and size and his work ethic.”

Still there for each other

In January, Young was in Los Angeles training for the NFL draft. On Jan. 16, Fultz’s Magic were playing the Los Angeles Lakers. With Young sitting courtside, Fultz compiled a triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in an upset win. Before the game, Young had challenged Fultz to score a certain number of points. Fultz was ready.

“I told him, ‘I’m about to go crazy and play good,'” Fultz said. “That’s the big thing, both of us are competitive. He would say, ‘I bet you won’t kill this game or do this.’ I’d say the same to him. Our competitive nature going against each other and who can do better is what drives us.”

Just like in those practice sessions.

“That’s the reason I like him so much, because his confidence is always high no matter what,” Fultz said. “That’s what’s pushing me to keep killing him. I try to break his confidence, but he always seems to have it.”

Fultz can also provide tips for handling sudden wealth and increased attention. He endured a rocky start to his NBA career because of a shoulder injury. He was traded midway through his second season. Fultz was working on a solid year with Orlando before the league shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. “If he goes through something, he knows to never give up,” Fultz said. “He knows I’m a resource. I’ve been through a lot. I won’t sugarcoat it or tell him what he wants to hear. He was someone who reached out to me, making sure I was OK. He was always telling me I’m good.”

The two speak almost daily, so Young knows he can count on Fultz to help if he hits a rough patch.

For now, though, Young must live with one fact: He went one spot lower than Fultz.

“He was the best player in his draft, even though he went No. 2,” Fultz said. “I got that little edge over him.”

Young’s retort: “In basketball, the best player in that draft gets picked [first]. I feel I was the best player in this year’s draft, but if a team needs a quarterback, they’re gonna pick a quarterback.”

So the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Burrow first overall. Nonetheless, one goal stated in high school was darn near accomplished. Maybe Young didn’t go first, but he made his point.

“It was crazy. We talked about it,” Fultz said. “It was something we always believed.”

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Sources: Price to pay LAD minor leaguers $1K

  • Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams
  • Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com

David Price has yet to throw an official pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he has already made a profound impact throughout the organization.

The All-Star left-hander will pay each minor league player who is not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster $1,000 for the month of June, sources confirmed to ESPN. The act of generosity will impact just over 200 people facing unprecedented difficulty.

The development was first reported by Francys Romero.

The Dodgers had already committed to continuing their $400-a-week payments to minor league players — domestic as well as those training out of the team’s academy in the Dominican Republic — through the month of June, but the Oakland Athletics recently decided to cease those payments at the end of this week and other teams might soon follow suit.

Minor League Baseball is unlikely to take place in 2020 and upward of 1,000 minor league players could end up getting released over the coming days. Most of those cuts would’ve taken place at the end of spring training had the coronavirus pandemic not shut down sports in the middle of March, but the strong likelihood of a reduced draft and fewer affiliates in 2021 and beyond puts minor league players in an especially precarious situation.

Most minor league players earn below minimum wage and are not protected by the Major League Baseball Players Association, which is engaged in a contentious negotiation with MLB over compensation for what will at most be a significantly shortened season in 2020. Players were previously given an advance of $170 million for April and May and won’t receive any more than that if the season is canceled.

Price, the No. 1 overall pick out of Vanderbilt in 2007, joined the Dodgers alongside Mookie Betts in a five-player deal with the Boston Red Sox on Feb. 10. If MLB plays this summer, the former Cy Young Award winner and five-time All-Star will enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed in December 2015.

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New England Patriots owner’s past trolled in headline that goes viral

Robert Kraft’s past exploits have been thrust back into the spotlight thanks to one headline writers cheeky work on Friday.

In a since deleted and updated headline, the Baltimore Sun Sports account tweeted out a link to a story about the New England Patriots owner talking about the NFL season getting back underway on schedule.

The original tweet said: “Robert Kraft sees a happy ending for the NFL”.

The headline is a shot at Kraft and his alleged lewd behaviour at a massage parlour in Florida where he was caught paying for sex, as stated in court documents.

Kraft, 78, allegedly spent 11 minutes with a masseuse at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on January 20. One of multiple trips he made to the massage parlour.

After being charged with soliciting prostitution, Kraft along with 24 other men were offered plea deals for the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders.

Of course the Baltimore Sun couldn’t help itself and decided to use the opportunity to clip Kraft with the cheeky headline that left social media users in awe.

Give this headline writer a raise. https://t.co/lXDs5VBiqH

Headline of the year. https://t.co/GrxoJxmKi8

will he pay for it though? https://t.co/UbbfAAOPfM

Hope he bought it dinner first https://t.co/9HZ3qyJfIt

The 78-year-old billionaire pleaded not guilty, but he also issued an apology of sorts with a statement that said: “I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”

Florida’s state attorney general’s office is trying to convince a three-judge appeal panel to reverse a lower court judge’s May ruling that tossed out most of the evidence in the case.

Judge Leonard Hanser forbid prosecutors from using the secretly recorded videos and other evidence taken from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in a ruling that found the cops did not have a lawful “sneak and peek” warrant to run surveillance cameras at the spa, and violated lawful customers’ privacy by doing so.

At issue in the appeal is a constitutional question that puts the ability of police to investigate crimes using secret cameras against individual privacy rights.

Kraft’s lawyers called the surveillance “dragnet video surveillance scheme that breaks from Fourth Amendment constraints agreed on by other courts.”

Before it will rule on the case, the appeals panel ordered the state to refile its argument because the paperwork it submitted is 13 pages too long. The sting was part of a six-month investigation into 10 spas around the state.

Kraft was among 300 suspected johns charged in the probe, along with owners and employees. About two dozen of the men were linked to the Orchids of Asia spa.

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NFL still on track for Week 1; virtual offseason extended

The NFL continues to prepare for an on-time start to the 2020 season, commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters on a conference call on Thursday.

“As a league, in partnership with the NFLPA, we’ll continue to prepare and adjust as necessary,” Goodell said. “We are prepared for the 2020 season.”

Goodell announced that the virtual offseason program has been extended two weeks, through to June 12, and that he is “hopeful” coaches can return to team facilities as soon as next week.

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However, he added that coaches will not be allowed to return until all 32 teams are able to open their facilities in accordance with local government regulations.

To this point, teams have been permitted to allow only non-football personnel back at their facilities, in an effort to maintain competitive equity.

Various reports have said the league could allow teams to hold in-person workouts in late June or early July, but a firm decision is not expected soon.

Goodell said the league’s current “highest priority” is finding a way for players to safely return to facilities in time for training camp and eventually games.

States around the country continue to relax restrictions that were put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, creating optimism about the NFL season proceeding as planned, beginning with the September 10 regular-season opener between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.

There is also an increasing possibility that fans will be permitted to attend at some venues.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Thursday announcing fans will be allowed at outdoor professional sporting events as soon as Friday, with capacity capped at 25 percent.

Leagues must receive approval from the state health department, and indoor events (and high school or college events) are currently not included.

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Trevor Bauer to MLB agent Scott Boras: ‘Keep your damn personal agenda out of union business’

Trevor Bauer isn't one to mince his words. 

As Major League Baseball and the players union are in the midst of an economic dispute, the Cincinnati Reds pitcher had some choice words for veteran baseball agent Scott Boras. 

Bauer went on Twitter and told Boras to stop “meddling in MLBPA affairs” and to keep his personal agenda out of union business. 

"Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs," Bauer tweeted. "If true — and at this point, these are only rumors — I have one thing to say… Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business."

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Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs. If true — and at this point, these are only rumors — I have one thing to say… Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business.

Late Tuesday evening, the MLB Players' Association called MLB’s latest economic proposal — which included a sliding pay scale — “extremely disappointing." The union is expected to counter MLB's proposal and submit it to the league by the end of this week.

Boras, who has been outspoken during these negotiations, represents a handful of star players such as Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg, among others. This offseason he signed clients to contracts worth a staggering $1 billion. 

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Dolphins to open drive-in theater at Hard Rock

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  • Graduate of the University of Houston
  • A native of Jackson, Miss.

The Miami Dolphins will soon let fans drive their cars inside the stadium where football games are played every weekend in the fall.

The Dolphins announced Tuesday that they are launching an outdoor drive-in theater inside Hard Rock Stadium that will be used to show marquee games in team history, classic movies, commencement ceremonies, concerts and more. They are also hosting an open-air theater that can host small groups for an intimate viewing experience in the complex plaza.

The Dolphins have mocked renderings of the drive-in venture, which they say can host up to 230 cars. They are promoting it as a family-friendly event that people can participate in amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Food and beverages can be purchased through an online system and delivered to cars. Restrooms will be made available. Fans can put their name on an email list via the stadium website to be notified when tickets are available.

“We’ve spent several weeks planning this to be able to provide people with a safe option to go out and enjoy movies, classic Dolphins content, concerts, and celebrate 2020 graduates,” said Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium vice chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel. “It’s a fundamental human need to physically experience and celebrate events and experiences together, and we’re trying to provide options for everyone where they can be safely socially distant and socially present at the same time.”

Hard Rock Stadium became the first public facility to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation, the standard used for facilities to implement cleaning, disinfecting and infectious disease prevention work practices to control risks involved with infectious agents like the coronavirus.

Garfinkel and the Dolphins have been proactive and innovative in ways to function during the pandemic. They released mock-up plans earlier this month for what it could be like to host approximately 15,000 fans in the stadium if the NFL and the government give clearance.

Owner Stephen Ross said Tuesday on CNBC that there will “definitely” be a football season this fall and the plan as of now is to include having fans in the stands.

Hard Rock Stadium was the host for Super Bowl LIV. It also has hosted Miami Open tennis tournaments, several large music festivals, college football championship games and international soccer games.

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says NFL season will ‘definitely’ happen

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is certain there will be a 2020 NFL season — and he remains hopeful of fans being able to watch from the stands.

The NFL season is set to kick off on September 10, and the league is hopeful it will begin on time amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some NFL teams were able to open their facilities for key staff, medical personnel and rehabbing players last week, but there is still no word on when all players and coaches will be cleared to attend their team’s complexes.

Speaking to CNBC Tuesday, Ross discussed the NFL’s plan to return amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think there definitely will be a football season this year,” Ross said. “Real question is, will there be fans in the stadium? Right now – today – we’re planning to have fans in the stadium. But I think the NFL is very flexible so that we will be able to start on time and bring that entertainment that is really so needed to all of us in this country.”

Currently in the United States, there is no scheduled start date for games in MLB, NBA, NHL or MLS, as some cities have still not yet loosened their social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

“We all miss our sports,” Ross said. “The NFL, I think, will be ready to go. I know we’re all looking forward to it. I know I am.”

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Vincent says NFL ‘failed miserably’ with PI replay

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, in an interview with NBC Sports, acknowledged that the league “failed miserably” in its implementation of pass interference replay reviews last season and that such failure would serve as a cautionary tale for the NFL to not rush rule changes in the future.

Vincent’s comments came during a broader discussion of the “sky judge” proposal, the addition of a booth umpire to each officiating crew, a modified version of which is set to be voted on during Thursday’s NFL owners videoconference meeting.

“We cannot fail this year,” Vincent told NBC Sports. “We saw, a year ago, when [the pass interference rule] played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year … Those outcomes were not good for professional football. Because we didn’t do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow.

“We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that? We’ve got to do our due diligence. You can’t rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found that out last year, live and in action, publicly.

“We didn’t do [our due diligence] last year, and we failed, and we failed miserably.”

The NFL last year made the groundbreaking decision to allow coaches to challenge pass interference flags and non-calls in response to the controversial missed PI call that cost the New Orleans Saints against the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFC Championship Game. The execution of the rule proved inconsistent, however, with the NFL overturning only 13 of the 81 pass-interference-related plays that coaches challenged during the 2019 regular season. (Booth reviews resulted in reversals on 11 of 20 instances.)

The rule was passed on a one-year experimental basis, and last month the NFL competition committee declined to endorse its renewal.

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Rams’ Taylor Rapp burns an absurd 10,000 calories in a single day

Taylor Rapp isn’t using social distancing guidelines as an excuse to shirk his workout regimen.

The Rams’ second-year safety on Sunday shared on Twitter that he had completed something called the 10K calorie challenge, during which you apparently burn 10,000 calories in a single 24-hour period.

How did Rapp accomplish this? Let him break it down for you:

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With a 125-mile bike ride, 1.25-mile swim, 4-mile hike, 3-mile run and short workout (as if that wasn’t already impressive), Rapp’s day-long workout produced …

While we only have Rapp’s word on this, it stands to reason that he did indeed complete the challenge — which would be a truly absurd feat of human conditioning.

To add context to what he accomplished, it’s worth noting that, per SportsRec.com, a 200-pound player burns roughly 880 per hour playing football (Rapp weighs 208 pounds). If the average length of an NFL game is 3 hours and 12 minutes (ignoring, for our purposes, the significant downtime throughout) then Rapp could burn as many as 2,860 calories in a typical game. That means Rapp would need to play 3.67 games to burn as many calories as he did on Saturday.

Hopefully Rapp properly fueled himself for that arduous workout — and if he didn’t, maybe he can replenish some of those calories with some Memorial Day barbecue. He definitely earned it.

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