Reports: Edmonton CFL club will drop ‘Eskimos’ name

The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League reportedly will change their name. The team would not confirm two reports Friday.

TSN and Postmedia reported that the team will make a switch following a decision to do the same by Washington’s NFL team.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the feedback and input regarding our name,” the team said in a statement. “We take this issue seriously as has been demonstrated by the three years we’ve spent engaging in Canada’s north and conducting research related to our name.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“We recognize that a lot has occurred since this information was gathered, and as a result, we are accelerating our ongoing process of review. We will be seeking further input from the Inuit, our partners and other stakeholders to inform our decisions moving forward. We’ll continue to listen carefully and with an open mind. We intend to complete our review as quickly as possible and will provide an update on these discussions by the end of this month.”

Teams across sports have been under increasing pressure to drop racist or stereotypical names. Critics say the Edmonton team’s name is a derogatory, colonial-era term for Inuit.4

Aaron Paquette, a city councilor in Edmonton, tweeted that he had an “extremely productive” meeting with the club Thursday. He said he was “very impressed with the potential coming out of our conversation.”

In February, the club said it was keeping the name following yearlong research that involved Inuit leaders and community members across Canada. The club said it received “no consensus.“nfl nike jersey cheap

On July 8, the club promised to speed another review and provide an update by the end of the month.

One of the team’s sponsors, national car-and-home insurance provider Belairdirect, is rethinking its relationship with the club because of the name. Other sponsors also said they would welcome a review.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson has said the team should take steps toward a change.

The CFL in June postponed the start of its 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, and there is no guarantee the league will play this year.

Although American Inuit continue to use the word Eskimo, Canada’s northern people left that name behind about the same time they began negotiating their land claim in the 1970s.

Founded in 1949, the Edmonton team has won the Grey Cup 14 times, second only to the Toronto Argonauts at 17.

Chelsea, Man City transfer target Chilwell not for sale – Leicester’s Rodgers

Leicester City will not be entertaining any bids for Ben Chilwell, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday as interest grows in the 23-year-old fullback with the transfer window set to open at the end of the month.

The window opens on July 27 in England and sources have told ESPN that Chilwell — who has three goals and three assists this season — is a transfer target for Chelsea and Manchester City.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“We’ve got a fantastic squad, one that we want to keep together. There’s no intention for us to sell Chilwell and we don’t need to sell Chilwell. He’s not for sale.”3

Chilwell will miss the last two games of the season due to a thigh injury as fourth-placed Leicester look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the club won the league title in 2016.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Leicester are a point behind Chelsea and are above Manchester United — who they play on the final day — on goal difference but Rodgers’ side guaranteed Europa League qualification with Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

“We all sat down at the start of season and said it would be huge challenge for Leicester to get into Europe,” Rodgers said. “So to do that in my first season here, to guarantee that is a phenomenal achievement.”

Champions League football would give Leicester a financial windfall but Rodgers said that although the “rewards are huge,” the club was not in dire need of the money.

“We’re not a club who budget for a guarantee for Champions League football,” he added. “We’re ambitious and we want to overcome any financial differences to get in there.”

Source: Braves signing free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig

Free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig is signing with the Atlanta Braves, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by MLB.com.

The agreement comes after Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season earlier this month.

A major league All-Star in 2014, Puig, 29, batted .267 in 149 games last season with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. He hit .297 with Cleveland after being acquired on July 30 and gave the Indians an infusion of power and energy, helping their ultimately fruitless surge to catch the Minnesota Twins for the American League Central title.

The boisterous right fielder was part of a wild fight between the Reds and Pirates mere hours before he was dealt to Cleveland as part of a three-team trade that sent right-hander Trevor Bauer from Cleveland to Cincinnati. Puig was suspended three games for his aggressive actions on what turned out to be his final day with the Reds.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Puig, who joined the Reds in a December 2018 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has a career batting average of .277. Perhaps his best overall offensive season was in 2017, when he batted .263 with a career-high 28 home runs and 74 RBIs.

The National League East champion Braves were facing a depth problem in their outfield even after they signed Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18 million deal in the offseason.1

Markakis opted out of the season before summer camp. Ozuna or Adam Duvall could be needed as the designated hitter in the shortened 60-game season.

The team’s shortage of outfielders was highlighted when rookie Cristian Pache jammed his right ankle in Monday night’s intrasquad game and was not available Tuesday.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“We’re thin a little bit,” manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday. “We started this thing feeling really good about the depth, and we’ve used all of it already, as I think a lot of teams have. We’re stretched a little bit.”

If Ozuna is the primary designated hitter, Puig could join Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ender Inciarte in a starting outfield.

Duvall, who has been most productive against left-handers, and Markakis might have split time. Puig, who has a .285 career average against right-handers, will be expected to replace Markakis’ production.

Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, was popular with Dodgers fans during his six years in Los Angeles for his colorful personality, home run trots and ability to throw runners out from right field. He made headlines away from the field when his Los Angeles home was burglarized multiple times.

At the ballpark, he was benched at times, and the team considered trading him long before it did because of his perceived lack of hustle or interest in following orders.

Source: Braves signing free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig

Free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig is signing with the Atlanta Braves, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by MLB.com.

The agreement comes after Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season earlier this month.

A major league All-Star in 2014, Puig, 29, batted .267 in 149 games last season with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. He hit .297 with Cleveland after being acquired on July 30 and gave the Indians an infusion of power and energy, helping their ultimately fruitless surge to catch the Minnesota Twins for the American League Central title.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The boisterous right fielder was part of a wild fight between the Reds and Pirates mere hours before he was dealt to Cleveland as part of a three-team trade that sent right-hander Trevor Bauer from Cleveland to Cincinnati. Puig was suspended three games for his aggressive actions on what turned out to be his final day with the Reds.

Puig, who joined the Reds in a December 2018 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has a career batting average of .277. Perhaps his best overall offensive season was in 2017, when he batted .263 with a career-high 28 home runs and 74 RBIs.

The National League East champion Braves were facing a depth problem in their outfield even after they signed Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18 million deal in the offseason.4

Markakis opted out of the season before summer camp. Ozuna or Adam Duvall could be needed as the designated hitter in the shortened 60-game season.

The team’s shortage of outfielders was highlighted when rookie Cristian Pache jammed his right ankle in Monday night’s intrasquad game and was not available Tuesday.

“We’re thin a little bit,” manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday. “We started this thing feeling really good about the depth, and we’ve used all of it already, as I think a lot of teams have. We’re stretched a little bit.”nike nfl cheap jerseys

If Ozuna is the primary designated hitter, Puig could join Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ender Inciarte in a starting outfield.

Duvall, who has been most productive against left-handers, and Markakis might have split time. Puig, who has a .285 career average against right-handers, will be expected to replace Markakis’ production.

Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, was popular with Dodgers fans during his six years in Los Angeles for his colorful personality, home run trots and ability to throw runners out from right field. He made headlines away from the field when his Los Angeles home was burglarized multiple times.

At the ballpark, he was benched at times, and the team considered trading him long before it did because of his perceived lack of hustle or interest in following orders.

Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos could miss season start with ankle injury

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos could miss the start of the season because of an injured right ankle suffered in an intrasquad game.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Manager Chris Woodward said Tuesday night that Chirinos was better than anticipated a day after getting hurt, but that it was still unclear how long the catcher would be out. The season opener is July 24 at home against Colorado.

“Encouraging to see him walking around. Not a lot of swelling,” Woodward said. “I guess we’ll take it day by day, but there is a slight chance he may be ready for the start of the season, or maybe down for the beginning of the year. But it is encouraging. It could have been a lot worse.”3

Chirinos was hurt Monday night when taking a throw at the plate, rolling his ankle when Scott Heineman hit it while sliding into home. Chirinos stayed seated on the ground for a few minutes before walking gingerly to the dugout.

Chirinos returned to the Rangers as a free agent after one season away, spending last season with the AL champion Houston Astros. He previously played for the Rangers from 2013-18.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Left fielder Willie Calhoun also left Monday’s game early after feeling tightness in his right hip flexor. He had an MRI on Tuesday morning, though Woodward said he didn’t yet have the results.

“He is still tender today. If you talk to him, he doesn’t think he’ll be out that long. We believe there is a strain in there,” Woodward said.

Calhoun suffered a broken jaw when he was hit by a fastball in a spring training game March 8. He has recovered from that.

Source: Steelers’ Bud Dupree files grievance over linebacker classification

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree signed his franchise tender a little less than three months ago, but earlier this week he filed a grievance with the NFLPA to be classified as a defensive end rather than a linebacker, a source told ESPN.

Designated as an outside linebacker, Dupree would make $15.828 million playing on the franchise tag. As a defensive end, Dupree’s one-year salary would increase by $2 million to $17.788 million. The two sides also have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, and though there have been talks, nothing is imminent, per the source.nike jersey nfl cheap

Dupree is technically an outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 base defense, although he frequently lined up on the line of scrimmage as an edge rusher — which would be considered a defensive end. Dupree can argue the tag designation based on his usage.4

According to Next Gen Stats, Dupree’s defensive positioning at the time of snap last season was determined to be “EDGE” — within 1-2 yards of the line of scrimmage — on 827 of his 929 defensive snaps played last season (89%). That’s the most snaps as “EDGE” among all Steelers last season and second to only Arizona’s Chandler Jones among all NFL players.

Dupree is the second linebacker to file a grievance to be reclassified, joining Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett.

With Dupree playing under the franchise tag as a linebacker, the Steelers currently have $5.67 million in cap space.

Dupree, 27, initially signed his tender on April 23, just a few hours before the NFL Draft. A 2015 first-round draft pick, Dupree became a regular starter in the final three years of his rookie deal and put together a career season after the team picked up his fifth-year option for the 2019 season.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Anchoring the outside linebacker spot opposite T.J. Watt, Dupree racked up a career-high 11.5 sacks along with 16 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hits. He also forced four fumbles.

He has 200 tackles, 31.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 1 interception in five seasons.

Julian Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust museum

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, has invited Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., after Jackson’s anti-Semitic social media posts.

“I have seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays, we’ve communicated over social media. I’ve got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation,” Edelman said in an Instagram video posted Thursday morning.cheap youth nfl jerseys

“I am proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me, it is not just about religion. It’s about community and culture as well,” he added. “I am unusual because I didn’t identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me. It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear.”3

“I don’t want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is, and how we need to stay behind it. I think the Black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities,” Edelman said in the video.

“One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful. It’s really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you’re not part of it. So what we need to do is, we need to listen. We need to learn. We need to act. We need to have these uncomfortable conversations if we’re going to have real change.”

In addition to Edelman, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, who is also Jewish, posted a message on Instagram.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

The 31-year-old Schwartz wrote: “My hope is we can use this moment to shed light on and bring awareness to the hate and oppression the Jewish Community still faces while standing strong with the Black Lives Matter movement. We can only have change if we denounce racism and bias in all its forms. Our platforms as athletes are a powerful tool, and with them comes immense responsibility. We can all do better.”

In Edelman’s Instagram video, he said he was on the receiving end of an anti-Jewish slur during a game in 2011.

“There is no room for anti-Semitism in this world,” Edelman said. “This world needs a little more love, compassion and empathy.”

Manchester United’s Rashford, Martial have no ‘divine right’ to start – Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial they will have to continue improving to keep their places at Old Trafford.

Rashford and Martial have both scored 19 times this season — the best individual tallies of their careers — but Solskjaer insists their form will not stop United, linked with summer moves for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, scouring the world for the best forwards.

“You need competition for places at Man United,” Solskjaer told a news conference via Zoom on Monday. “If you think you’ve got a divine right to be playing every game and are doing so well that we’re not going to look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place.

“I’ve been here myself for so many years as a striker and Teddy Sheringham comes in, Dwight Yorke comes in, Ruud van Nistelrooy comes in, Wayne Rooney comes in.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“We’ve always got to look at improving, and if they don’t improve, we might have to look somewhere else to get better because we have to be better. We’re too far away from where we need to be and want to be.”4

Solskjaer’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan last summer and put his faith in Rashford and Martial was questioned by some supporters, but the pair have repaid the Norwegian and should ensure two forwards pass 20 goals in all competitions in the same season for the first time since Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez achieved the feat in 2010-11.

“Romelu is a very good goalscorer, he’ll score goals in any team that he plays in,” said Solskjaer. “It was time now for him to move on and pursue other dreams.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“For us as a group it was time to allow our forwards to feel that confidence and feel that demand of playing and being demanded to play every game, two, three, four games, five, six, seven games on the bounce and perform.”

Rashford and Martial are set to return to the starting XI for the trip to Brighton on Tuesday after they were named on the bench for the FA Cup quarterfinal victory over Norwich on Saturday.

The game at the Amex Stadium marks the start of what should be a kind run-in for United with five of their seven remaining games against teams in the bottom eight, but Solskjaer has warned his team against complacency with a place in the top four up for grabs.

“We have loads of games against teams who have lots to play for which is of course not an easy run-in,” said the United boss.

“Complacency, that kicks you somewhere you don’t want to get kicked in football, and any game is a difficult one and we’re playing against teams…Brighton, we’ve lost the last two when we’ve gone down there.

“We’ve got Bournemouth, who we’ve lost to. We’ve got Aston Villa, who we drew with at home. We’ve got Palace, who we lost to at home. We’ve got West Ham that we’ve lost to. We’ve got Leicester, which is a very good team. Every game is one we have a point to prove in.”

Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake opts out of playing 2020 season

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is opting out of the 2020 season, his agent said in a statement Monday, becoming the first known MLB player to opt out.

Leake, 32, was scheduled to make $16 million for a full season in 2020 and was positioned to be fighting for a spot at the back end of the rotation. He will be a free agent next season.

“This was not an easy decision for Mike,” Leake’s agent, Danny Horwits, said in the statement. “He wishes the best of luck and health for his Diamondback teammates this season and he’s looking forward to 2021.”

The specific reasons for Leake’s opt-out were not clear. Horwits said Leake and his family had many discussions about playing, taking “countless” factors into consideration. Horwits said many of the considerations were personal to Leake and his family.

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen also said two players on Arizona’s 60-man roster tested positive for coronavirus, as did another player not in Arizona.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Leake was listed on the Diamondbacks’ 60-player pool released earlier Monday but will be moved in a later transaction.

“It definitely impacts us,” Hazen said. “Certainly, he’s a good major league starting pitcher. To what extent it’s going to impact us, it’s hard to say. I think I would probably have a different answer if it was over 162 [games] as opposed to if it was over 60.”3

Major League Baseball is allowing players with preexisting medical conditions or compromised immune systems to opt out of the 2020 season, but Hazen would not elaborate about whether Leake falls under that category. Leake was due $5,555,556 as the prorated share of his $15 million salary.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

His contract includes an $18 million club option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

The Diamondbacks also will be without two international prospects due to travel issues during the pandemic: outfielder Kristian Robinson of the Bahamas and Brazilian right-hander Bo Takahashi.

Right-hander Silvino Bracho was not on Arizona’s 60-man roster to start the season after he suffered elbow stiffness while trying to rehabilitate from Tommy John surgery last year.

Leake, a 10-year veteran who had stints with the Reds, Giants, Cardinals and Mariners, was acquired by the D-backs at the trade deadline from Seattle. He started 22 games for the Mariners in 2019, with a 9-8 record, two complete games and a 4.27 ERA. He was 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 games for Arizona.

He led all major league pitchers in home runs allowed last season with 41. He has a lifetime record of 105-98 and an ERA of 4.05.

Detroit Pistons sign former first-round pick Justin Patton

The Detroit Pistons signed center Justin Patton on Friday, hoping the 2017 first-round pick can stay healthy and help the franchise’s turnaround.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Patton had surgery for a broken foot in 2018 for the second straight year.3

The 6-foot-11 player was selected No. 16 overall three years ago by the Chicago Bulls, who traded him on draft night to Minnesota as part of the Jimmy Butler trade.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Patton averaged less than two points a game, appearing in nine games over three seasons for the Timberwolves, Philadelphia and Oklahoma City.