Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend will testify that she lied to police about him

The ex-girlfriend of 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster is prepared to testify under oath that she was lying when she told police that he assaulted her.

That’s the word from attorney Stephanie Rickard, who told the Sacramento Bee that her client, Elissa Ennis, will appear in court on Thursday and testify that she was lying when she said Foster hit her.

Ennis was injured when police arrived to take her statement, but she now says she suffered those injuries in a fight with another woman, not with Foster.

Part of it was smart tactics. Cleveland often had Thompson and Nance set an off-ball pick on their way up to LeBron. That first pick was a diversion — a trick to make Boston’s centers pause in the paint, so that LeBron had more room to work up top. Watch Nance slam Tatum near the foul line:

That doesn’t look like much, but Baynes hanging back an extra few feet to patrol Tatum’s man warps the geometry of the play. LeBron can slice in deeper, Nance has more room to dive, and everyone has to rotate further — including Yabusele off of Love.

THE FAMILY WAS in a good place. Last summer, at age 36, Kyle signed a three-year contract with the Cavs, which backed up many summers of hard work at P3, a cutting-edge training center in Santa Barbara that has helped extend his career. It also would enable him to give more to charity; he has quietly given away millions through his foundation over the years.

Kaleb is married and working at Nike in the NBA uniform division. Klayton had become a pastor in Knoxville, Iowa, and is married with a child and another on the way this summer. Laine had just finished her master’s degree. Kevin had overseen massive expansion of his church, the debt from several additions finally paid. Kirk had recently moved home to Pella and gotten a job.

Then in early March, Laine and Kevin returned from a trip to Los Angeles, where they’d watched Kyle play the Lakers and Clippers. They found Kirk ill. He didn’t get better, and they took him to the hospital, where they learned some of his internal organs were failing. Eventually, he was taken to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

“We thought maybe he was a little depressed or something,” Laine said. “But no one would have suspected that he was that sick.”ravens_176

Jets CEO: Sam Darnold shifts team into new gear

The fortunes of an NFL franchise can pivot with the whims of the football gods in a matter of seconds.

The franchise-shifting signal-caller is football’s holy grail. The rarest ones don’t just transform teams; they transform lives.

As comedian David Letterman recently noted, Peyton Manning changed the skyline of Indianapolis with a decade of gridiron brilliance.

If the Jets go back far enough, they can find their own example of a transcendent talent who not only elevated the franchise but also changed the face of professional football. When Joe Namath’s celebrated Super Bowl III Guarantee placed the lowly AFL on equal footing with the venerable NFL, teammate George Sauer compared the reaction to the day Copernicus informed earthlings that the sun wasn’t rotating around them.

When Maccagnan first maneuvered up the board, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, it was with designs on Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.

They (thought) they had no shot at Sam Darnold, who was, of course, their top-rated quarterback, Rapoport explained on NFL Up to the Minute. Then you fast forward a couple weeks after that to the draft. Baker Mayfield goes No. 1, and the Jets really couldn’t believe that the guy they wanted all along — the guy they had no chance of getting — actually just showed up right in their draft spot.

They are over the moon happy with him. They do believe he is their franchise quarterback.

Fortune has been known to favor the bold. sharks-045

NFL investigation: No evidence Derrius Guice was asked invasive questions at combine

On the eve of the draft, the NFL concluded there was no evidence that any team asked LSU running back Derrius Guice if he liked men or if his mother was a prostitute, despite Guice’s assertion last month.

Speaking on Sirius XM Radio on March 7, a couple of days after the NFL combine ended, Guice described his experience, saying, “It was pretty crazy. Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction. … I go in one room, and a team will ask me, ‘Do I like men?’ just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, ‘Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?'”

Ole Miss declined to comment about its response to the NCAA. Patterson is one of a half-dozen former Ole Miss players who have transferred and requested a waiver to play immediately in 2018.

After a lengthy investigation, the NCAA ruled in December that Ole Miss had shown a lack of institutional control in its football program. Ole Miss previously self-imposed a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season, but the NCAA added another year to that postseason ban among other penalties. Patterson and others have argued that former head coach Hugh Freeze and others on the Ole Miss staff lied about the scope of the NCAA investigation.

“Every game has been physical,” Gobert said. “At the end of the day, it’s basketball, and even if you try to do something else, we’re just going to keep playing basketball.”

“I saw the video,” Chubb said. “… It was pretty cool to see him actually happy like that. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Miller had to wade through wave after wave of double teams in the pass rush last season, so his giddiness of having Chubb as a teammate is understandable. Many personnel executives throughout the league believed Chubb was the best defensive player overall in the draft as well as the best pass-rusher on the board.

“You can never have enough pass-rushers” is how Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway put it just before formally introducing Chubb on Friday afternoon.

Chubb said he has studied Miller’s work plenty and tried to glean things from Miller’s pass-rush moves that Chubb then used this past season at NC State. Eventually, he became the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year with 10 sacks and 26 tackles for loss.dolphins_117

Betting handles on NFL draft up significantly from 2017, sportsbooks say

While the Cleveland Browns surprised the football world by selecting Baker Mayfield with the top pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, it was new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman who changed the financial fortune of Las Vegas sportsbooks by taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

“I thought there was no way a team with a 37-year-old quarterback (Eli Manning) would be dumb enough to draft a running back,” Ed Salmons, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook’s head football oddsmaker, told ESPN. “I don’t understand why these guys do what they do. I guess that’s why they get fired all the time.”

“Next year, we will probably do fewer unless things are opened up for us,” Salmons said, who cited a 350 percent betting handle increase at his sportsbook.

Nevada sportsbooks could not offer long shot odds for a large group of players to be chosen with the top overall pick. Specifically, offshore markets offered 10-to-1 odds on Mayfield but that also allows a sportsbook to offset that high payout with all the losing tickets for every other player and still guarantee a hold percentage.

The other proposition bets that sealed a financial loser in Nevada were over 1.5 running backs drafted in the first round; three were taken. Also, Washington’s Vita Vea was selected ahead of Marcus Davenport of UT-San Antonio, as the betting steam suggested.

“I needed to get my feeling back,” Ozuna said. “This made feel a lot better.”

Jedd Gyorko added a two-run homer for St. Louis, which has won nine of 11.

Ozuna had just one hit in his previous 24 at-bats prior to a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run third inning that put the Cardinals in front to stay 3-1. Acquired from the Marlins on Dec. 14 for four prospects, the outfielder had struck out 23 times in his previous 20 games. He finished 1 for 4.

“I’m going to keep using it,” Ozuna said of the red bat. “I felt so much better at the plate today.”

Martinez was glad to share the wealth.

“He’s trying to get out of a slump and he’s just trying to go well,” Martinez. “You’re always good to new teammates. I’m just so happy for him. Good at bats. That’s going to help us a lot.”

Ozuna and Martinez actually shared the bat during the game.

“I just took it from the bat boy — and said `let’s go,” Martinez said.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was happy to see his slugger break loose.jets_050

Gregorius, Sanchez, Yanks top Twins 8-3 for 4th straight win

Didi Gregorius leads the major leagues with 27 RBI and has eight home runs in 22 games, totals matched previously in Yankees history by only Babe Ruth in 1921 and Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Perhaps with a few more big nights, the promotional people at Yankee Stadium will spell his name correctly.

Gregorius had a two-run homer and three RBI as New York romped past the Minnesota Twins yet again, 8-3 on Tuesday. During the game, an advertisement board at the ballpark promoted “Didi Gregious Bat Day — May 12.”

CC Sabathia (1-0) rarely allowed hard contact in his second start back from the disabled list and gave up an unearned run and two hits in six innings. He is 20-9 in 39 regular-season starts against the Twins.

Dellin Betances entered with a 5-1 lead in the seventh but lasted just four batters, giving up a pair of walks, a hit and another unearned run. David Robertson pitched out of two-on, one-out trouble by striking out Ehire Adrianza and retiring pinch-hitter Joe Mauer on a comebacker.

LEBRON JAMES, CAVS STAR WHO’S SURE IT WAS NOT A GOALTEND: I definitely thought it was a goaltend. (Laughs) Of course I didn’t think it was a goaltend. I try to make plays like that all the time. He made a heck of a move, got me leaning right, and he went left, and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play.

JOE BORGIA, NBA SENIOR VP OF REPLAY AND REFEREE OPERATIONS ON TNT AFTERWARD: In super-slow motion, you just see the ball hit the glass and maybe come off an inch, and that’s when LeBron got it. Like I said, once the ball touches the [backboard], defenders cannot touch it, and unfortunately, James did.

LANCE STEPHENSON, PACERS VETERAN WHO CLEARLY THINKS IT WAS A CLEAR GOALTEND: We can look at the replay. Clearly, clearly goaltending.

GARY MANN, CAVS SEASON-TICKET HOLDER SINCE 1978: During the timeout after the block, I said one word to my wife: “Orlando.”

CEDI OSMAN, CAVS SMALL FORWARD: Before we took the ball out of bounds, I was together with Tristan (Thompson) and I said, ‘Hey, Tristan, this is going in. Definitely.’

JEFF GREEN, CAVS SMALL FORWARD WHO MADE THE PASS TO LEBRON: What was going through my mind? The same as every time I’m inbounding the ball at that time and moment: Don’t turn it over, I hope he catches it. And then once he caught it, I mean, hopefully it goes in.jets_109

Eli Manning: No problem with Odell Beckham not coming to my workouts

Giants quarterback Eli Manning invited offensive teammates to come with him to use the Duke University practice facility to do some offseason workouts together. Odell Beckham did not attend, but Manning was fine with that.

Manning told reporters today that as Beckham rehabs from the ankle injury that ended his 2017 season, “it didn’t make sense” for Beckham to join the group at Duke when Beckham is still getting back to full speed after the injury.

I say during because it’s crazy that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem and that wasn’t the case. I think we’re going to take a different approach to how we’re going to be active.”

Reid, 26, registered 66 tackles and two interceptions in 2017, earning a grade of 81.4 from Pro Football Focus, 30th among safeties. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013.

As for the Bengals, the team has a history of bringing aboard players with off-field concerns or criminal records, like Adam “Pacman” Jones and Joe Mixon, and sticking with players like Vontaze Burfict, whose violent streak on the field has earned him multiple suspensions. But taking a knee during the anthem is a line too far apparently.

This represents Janikowski’s second visit of the offseason. Both have been on the west coast, with the 40-year-old kicker meeting with Chargers brass last month. The Raiders opted against re-signing Janikowski, having pivoted to Giorgio Tavecchio. The Seahawks aren’t as stable at this position.

After the meeting with Brown, Reid would meet with Bengals coaches and take a physical. But at one point, head coach Marvin Lewis attempted to get another answer from Reid on his stance with the national anthem kneeling, and none came. Neither did a contract offer.

It’s unclear if this means no contract offer will come for Reid, but it’s safe to think it’s in jeopardy if both sides can’t reach a mutual understanding on the issue.

Reid had hoped to bury those worries by letting everyone know that he won’t be protesting during the national anthem anymore, according to ESPN .bills_027

The long-awaited meeting between Bryant and ownership comes before the Cowboys open their offseason workouts on Monday.

The decline of the 29-year-old receiver, who hasn’t passed the 900-yard mark since signing his new contract in 2015, has put Bryant’s future in Dallas in jeopardy.

Meredith now joins a cast of Saints receivers led by Michael Thomas , Ted Ginn , Tommylee Lewis and Willie Snead . We can’t help but wonder if Snead could be the odd man out.

Meredith put together a promising 66-catch, 888-yard, four-score campaign in 2016 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in August. It’s no guarantee he comes back as the same player, but Meredith gives New Orleans an intriguing young target to add to the mix.

Without question, his fantasy value is helped by landing with an offense run by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees .

Maclin remains unsigned and is still “fielding his market,” per Anderson.

The 29-year-old was a Pro Bowler in 2014 with the Eagles and followed it up with a great season in 2015 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He tallied 172 catches for 2,406 yards and 18 touchdowns in that two-year span.

However, he has struggled mightily over the past two seasons, with 2017 being his worst year in the NFL. He set new career lows with 40 catches and 440 yards playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Still, the Cowboys’ interest is noteworthy considering the struggles in the passing game last year. The team ranked 26th in the NFL in total passing yards with not a single receiver reaching 900 yards.

The Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor as their best stopgap in years, but the team also will go after its long-term franchise solution in advance of Taylor becoming a 29-year-old free agent in 2019. Although Darnold has his flaws like every talented QB in this rich class, he’s the most well-rounded prospect at the position with his arm, accuracy and athleticism.rams_059