Doug Free retires, Cowboys’ offensive line takes another hit

The Cowboys offensive line that made rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott look so good last season has just lost another starter.

Starting right tackle Doug Free is expected to announce his retirement after 10 seasons, according to ESPN.

Coupled with the loss of guard Ronald Leary to Denver in free agency Friday, the Cowboys have a few of holes to fill on the OL.

Free, 33, had started all but five games for Dallas since the 2010 season. He struggled in 2016, yielding eight sacks, but the Cowboys will still miss his veteran presence.

The retirement caught the Cowboys by surprise. Coach Jason Garrett had said at the NFL Scouting Combine they didn’t expect him to be leaving the game.

“He, like all the players, they wanted to get away for a little while then get themselves recharged and come back to work,” Garrett said, via NFL.com. “I don’t anticipate anything other than that.”

Guard La’El Collins is one option to move over to Free’s Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal old position.

The Altuve-Correa combo is pretty amazing, isn’t it? Altuve won the Sporting News MLB Player of the Year award (he hit .338 with 24 homers and 30 stolen bases) and Correa produced a 5.9 WAR, 20 homers, 96 RBIs and 36 doubles in his age-21 season. That’s just silly. After a slow start in the bigs (2 for 38), Bregman hit .313 in his final 39 games of 2016 and showed why the Astros were so excited to land him with the second overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft out of LSU. Gurriel was a legend on the Cuba national baseball team, and he’ll get the chance to prove he can be an MLB star, too. If he falters, Houston has options (Marwin Gonzalez and A.J. Reed). But if Gurriel is as good as the Astros hope and Bregman contends for the AL Rookie of the Year, this could be baseball’s best. Even with the uncertainty, they’re top five.
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Brandon Marshall: Matt Forte is NFL’s ‘best all-around’ running back

And while no one questions how good Forte has been, it’s certainly fair to wonder what type of player he’ll be now that he’s on the wrong side of 30. Running back is a young man’s position and players like Rawls, Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley are on the top of most folks’ (us included) “best all-around” lists.

Of course, the Jets have much bigger issues than a player entering his ninth season. Primary among them: Settling the quarterback position. Yes, Geno Smith technically is an option, and the team did use a second-round pick on Christian Hackenberg, but the ideal scenario involves re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has said that he’d rather sit on his couch than play for the paltry $8 million the Jets are offering him.

Whoever ends up under center, Forte will provide the offense with another weapon to go along with Marshall, Eric Decker and former second-rounders Devin Smith andJace Amaro. As always, whether it’ll be enough to unseat the Patriots in the division remains to be seen.

Before Ed O’Neill was Sofía Vergara’s husband on Modern Family, and decades before that, shoe salesman Al Bundy on Married with Children, he was a football player. O’Neill, who played at Youngstown State, was even good enough to sign a professional contract.

And in a recent Q&A, Steelers.com’s Bob Labriola talked about O’Neill’s very brief career in Pittsburgh.

“O’Neill was a defensive lineman during his college days at Youngstown State, and the Steelers signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1969,” Labriola wrote. “But alas, he was waived during training camp, maybe because he was unable to replicate Al Bundy’s glory days at Polk High School …”

The Double-A Binghamton Mets will have a new nickname next season. The team will remain in Binghamton — there had been rumblings they would relocate — but they will no longer be known as the Mets. Fans were able to submit suggestions for the name change over the last few weeks.

Hey, adults who fight over baseballs in the crowd on a regular basis, maybe take a page from these two families and live together in a society?

Nah, that’s probably too much to ask. Regardless, great moment in Oakland.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus goes on an epic tirade after being ejected

Jonathan Toews Reaches 250 Goal Plateau Tuesday

During the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night, team captain Jonathan Toews reached a very special milestone that no Hawks player has reached in 15 years.

With his first period goal, Toews became Blackhawks player to reach 250 goals with the organization since Tony Amonte reached that milestone in 2001 . The goal, a shorthanded tally in the first period, puts Toews just two goals behind Kenny Wharram for ninth place on the team’s all-time scoring list.

Things got off to a sluggish start for both teams, but the Blackhawks were able to draw first blood in the contest. Following a mad netfront scramble, Richard Panik found a loose puck and was able to quickly fire a wrist shot past Louis Domingue to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Despite the closeness of the race between Toews and Kane, the captain is closing in on some noteworthy names on the team’s all-time list. He is currently just eight goals behind Bill Moisenko for eighth on the list, and he trails Jeremy Roenick by 17 tallies. Tony Amonte is 18 clear of Toews, and Dennis Hull is 48 up, so the Blackhawks’ captain could make some serious progress on the list in the next year or two.

Only the 10 Thursday games on CBS and NBC will be streamed through Twitter under a one-year agreement, the NFL announced Tuesday. They will be free worldwide on all devices through the Twitter platform. Viewers will not need to be registered Twitter users.