Ben McAdoo Dismisses Victor Cruz’s Claim Giants Intentionally Limited Him

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz claimed during an interview on 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club that the team purposefully didn’t target him in the passing game to make it easier to release him this offseason, per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports. 

On Thursday, head coach Ben McAdoo denied those assertions.

“There is no accuracy to it,” he said, per Bob Glauber of Newsday.

Cruz, 30, caught just 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season. And he registered 245 yards and his lone touchdown in the first four games of the season. 

The veteran wideout was convinced his inconsistent role was intentional on the Giants part, per Wilson:

“I felt it all year long. Halfway through the year I’m ballin’, the other half I’m not getting the ball. And you’re just like, ‘What’s going on?’ It was like ‘OK, I see what’s happening. They don’t want me here anymore.’ A lot of people probably don’t know this… Let’s say I played well—was a 1,000-yard receiver last year—it would have been more difficult from a fan perspective to cut me.”

“If I am a 1,000-yard guy, they’re like ‘Why are you cutting Cruz? He just had 1,000 yards and five or six touchdowns. That doesn’t make sense.’ But if I have 500 yards or whatever the case may be, it’s a little easier on the fans.”

He also said money played a factor.

“If I played well, they owed me a ton of money that next year,” Cruz noted, per SNY. “So it was like, ‘Let’s get Cruz off the books.’”

He didn’t necessarily think Eli Manning was in on the scheme, however.

“It’s hard to believe,” he said. “Even just to think about someone coming up to the quarterback and saying, ‘Hey, don’t throw it here’ or ‘Don’t give it to this guy’—it’s hard to even fathom that thought. Which I don’t even know or think happens. I doubt it. But when you look at the film and look at how it goes down, it’s the only way.”

He walked back his comments later, however.

I love the Giants, they gave me a platform no one else did,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am forever grateful! I never said I was sabotaged, don’t believe these headlines.”

Regardless, Cruz has landed on his feet. Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones of NFL.com reported Thursday that Cruz would be signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears

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Wayne Rooney Not Included in England Squad for Fixtures Against Scotland, France

Wayne Rooney has been left out of the England squad for their upcoming matches against Scotland and France.

News of manager Gareth Southgate’s 23-man selection for those fixtures came on Thursday, per the national team’s official Twitter account:

Three Lions skipper Rooney missed the team’s previous two matches against Germany and Lithuania in March due to an injury.

Elsewhere, after a strong finish to the Premier League season, there is a call-up for Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier, while Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson is also included in a defender-heavy squad.

After a season battling with injury problems, Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is back in contention for a start with the national team, too. He is one of four ‘keepers selected by Southgate.

Up top, Jermain Defoe keeps his place after netting on his return to the England side against Lithuania. Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy are the other options to lead the line.

England will travel to Scotland for a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on June 10, before they visit France on June 13 for a friendly.

           

Squad Recap

Given there are so many goalkeepers and defenders in this squad, the decision to omit Rooney is one that will raise eyebrows.

The skipper hasn’t enjoyed his best campaign, although he did start the final three games of the Premier League season for Manchester United. As it stands, the 31-year-old’s international future looks to be up in the air.

There are some exciting names included, though, most notably Trippier, who has excelled for Tottenham in recent weeks. The former Burnley man has usurped Kyle Walker at right-back, providing a major threat on the flank. 

Per Squawka Football, England are well stocked at the position, with Liverpool‘s Nathaniel Clyne also involved:

Gibson will also get a chance to impress the manager. Although he was relegated with Middlesbrough this season, the centre-back has showcased a lot of quality in his defending and excellent leadership skills. Should Southgate utilise a back three, he would be a useful option.

At the other end of the pitch, Defoe is another player who can hold his head up high despite suffering relegation from the Premier League.

The veteran poacher was operating at the point of a moribund Sunderland side throughout the campaign, but he still managed to score an impressive 15 goals.

The Black Cats’ plight would have been a lot worse without the 34-year-old, per WhoScored.com:

Butland came back into the Stoke side in April, and after an expectedly rusty start, he was back at his best in the Potters’ 1-0 win over Southampton on the final day. After disappointing seasons for Joe Hart with Torino and Fraser Forster with Saints, Butland will hope to make his case to be considered the England No. 1.

England are in a strong position to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as they sit at the top of Group F, four points clear of Slovakia in second.

They visit Hampden Park knowing a win over their rivals would be a big step towards winning the group, although Scotland can thrust themselves back into contention if they secure a memorable three points.

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Ben McAdoo Dismisses Victor Cruz’s Claim Giants Intentionally Limited Him

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz claimed during an interview on 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club that the team purposefully didn’t target him in the passing game to make it easier to release him this offseason, per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports. 

On Thursday, head coach Ben McAdoo denied those assertions.

“There is no accuracy to it,” he said, per Bob Glauber of Newsday.

Cruz, 30, caught just 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season. And he registered 245 yards and his lone touchdown in the first four games of the season. 

The veteran wideout was convinced his inconsistent role was intentional on the Giants part, per Wilson:

“I felt it all year long. Halfway through the year I’m ballin’, the other half I’m not getting the ball. And you’re just like, ‘What’s going on?’ It was like ‘OK, I see what’s happening. They don’t want me here anymore.’ A lot of people probably don’t know this… Let’s say I played well—was a 1,000-yard receiver last year—it would have been more difficult from a fan perspective to cut me.”

“If I am a 1,000-yard guy, they’re like ‘Why are you cutting Cruz? He just had 1,000 yards and five or six touchdowns. That doesn’t make sense.’ But if I have 500 yards or whatever the case may be, it’s a little easier on the fans.”

He also said money played a factor.

“If I played well, they owed me a ton of money that next year,” Cruz noted, per SNY. “So it was like, ‘Let’s get Cruz off the books.’”

He didn’t necessarily think Eli Manning was in on the scheme, however.

“It’s hard to believe,” he said. “Even just to think about someone coming up to the quarterback and saying, ‘Hey, don’t throw it here’ or ‘Don’t give it to this guy’—it’s hard to even fathom that thought. Which I don’t even know or think happens. I doubt it. But when you look at the film and look at how it goes down, it’s the only way.”

He walked back his comments later, however.

I love the Giants, they gave me a platform no one else did,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am forever grateful! I never said I was sabotaged, don’t believe these headlines.”

Regardless, Cruz has landed on his feet. Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones of NFL.com reported Thursday that Cruz would be signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears

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John Elway Says He Plans to Sign Extension Before Season Opener

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is entering the final year of his contract, but he said, “I don’t think there will be any doubt,” when discussing the likelihood a new deal will be done before the 2017 season, per Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press.

“We’re continuing to work at it,” Elway explained Wednesday. “I don’t see any problems with that. I look forward to being here with the Broncos for a long time.”

Stapleton noted team president Joe Ellis wanted a deal in place earlier in the year, but Elway was too busy bolstering the roster and hiring head coach Vance Joseph after Gary Kubiak retired.

Elway eased any worries from the Broncos faithful he might bolt elsewhere when he said, “This will always be my home.” In addition to his work in the front office, Elway was a Hall of Fame quarterback for Denver who won two Super Bowls.

He joined the front office in 2011, and the Broncos have enjoyed sustained success ever since. The 2016 season was the team’s first since 2010 it didn’t win the AFC West, and it won a Super Bowl and reached another during that span.

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Building the Perfect College Football Offense for 2017

USC’s Sam Darnold and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley were opponents in the exhilarating Rose Bowl a few months ago, but the outstanding QB and RB would team up in the starting lineup if we could handpick the perfect offense from 2017 college football rosters.

Though there are some cases where the obvious choice is also the top projected 2018 draft pick at his position, this is more than simply an exercise in talent aggregation. For example, we’re searching for a good combination of both pass and run blocking on the offensive line. And in the receiving corps, a nice blend of deep threats and possession receivers is the goal. Versatility is a big plus.

In other words, they need to all fit together in order to create a cohesive and unstoppable offense.

For each of the 11 positions in this three-WR, one-TE singleback formation, an explanation for each selected starter is provided, as well as a nomination for a backup, should the starter be unwilling or unable to play for any reason.

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‘The Full 48′ Podcast: B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman Previews 2017 NBA Draft

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman joins B/R’s Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner on The Full 48 podcast to preview the 2017 NBA draft.

Wasserman dives into the league’s annual talent assemblage by breaking down prospects Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox and more. He also looks at what the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and, yes, Brooklyn Nets will do this June.

Afterward, Beck and Brenner discuss the future of Isaiah Thomas, Jimmy Butler vs. Paul George, and the upcoming 2017 NBA Awards on TNT.

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The Highlights:

On The Scouting Process

… you try to watch these kids starting out in high school … there’s a lot of events out there that we are invited to … whether it’s the Jordan Brand Classic, the McDonald’s Game, the Nike Hoop Summit, so you get to see these kids grow from when they’re 16—and I know everyone thinks that it starts when they get to college, but it doesn’t—you get to see their progression from when they’re 16 to when they’re 20, 21 when they actually get drafted.

    

On How Much Influence Agents Have On The Draft

I think it comes down to the particular team. Some teams won’t care. The Boston Celtics—I don’t know what they’re thinking right now—if they thought Lonzo Ball was the best player in the draft, and Lonzo Ball didn’t work out for them, I still think Danny Ainge would take Lonzo Ball. So I think it really comes down to every team has a different strategy, every team looks at the draft through a different lens.

     

On Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox As No. 2

I’d give the edge to Ball just based on the fact that I know he’s gonna come in, I know he’s gonna pass, I know he’s gonna make guys better. I don’t know if he’s the next Jason Kidd; my question with Lonzo Ball is: Can you be an All-Star point guard in this league? He only averaged around 14 points a game, because I think that’s really what his scoring ceiling is. He’s not a guy who’s gonna take over, but you scout him not in the traditional way. Ball is a very interesting prospect, very different from the other point guards.

     

On Teams Worried About LaVar Ball

I think you gotta leave the dad out of it. I mean, I would not allow LaVar Ball to dictate who I’m gonna take in the draft. Lonzo‘s a good kid, and that’s really the most important thing here is that Lonzo is the guy you’re drafting; you’re not drafting LaVar Ball. … I assume the Lakers are gonna wind up taking Lonzo Ball—I assume they’re also gonna have a sit down with LaVar before and tell him “Listen, you can’t go on these talk shows every day and run your mouth.”

     

On Why The Lakers Having a Sit Down With LaVar Ball Is Going To Do The Trick

If anyone is going to be able to silence him, I would think it’s the team that he’s praying his kid goes to. 

     

On Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson just covers a lot of ground. I really don’t have many questions about his transition to the NBA. I love his game and having seen him since high school I think he’s really improved in a lot of areas and I expect him to continue to improve in those areas, particularly perimeter scoring—not just shooting, but creating his own shot … to the defensive versatility, a guy who can cover multiple positions. I just think there’s no risk with Jackson, but a ton of upside.

     

On This Year’s Draft Sleeper

For me, it’s Justin Jackson from North Carolina. This is a late thing for me. I wasn’t always on the Justin Jackson train. Played two years at North Carolina, and I thought he was pretty underwhelming. Big-time HS player but never put it all together, and then finally this year it just clicks … I don’t want to make Klay Thompson comparisons, but Klay Thompson went No. 11 overall and I see similar aspects in their game where these are guys who can put up a lot of points without using a lot of dribbles.

     

On Knicks Fans Having Hope at No. 8

The hope is that they’re gonna get a good player. He’s not gonna save this team. No fan should head into this draft thinking that they’re going to find their next Kristaps Porzingis. They’re gonna get a good player … and the Knicks need players, they need talent, and I’ve been mock-drafting Frank Ntilikina from France to New York since January. I think if the Knicks are serious about looking for a guy who fits their triangle offense, Ntilikina is exactly what they go for.

 

On Boston Celtics’ No. 1 Pick vs. Trade Dilemma

I don’t think it’s a question. I think they take Fultz at No. 1. I don’t think they even look to trade the pick. I think they can play together, I think he can replace Isaiah Thomas long term. So much flexibility with Fultz, and he can also play 2-guard because he’s 6’5″, he’s long and he can shoot the three and [be] a spot-up guy off the ball.

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Pablo Zabaleta Joins West Ham on 2-Year Contract from Manchester City

West Ham United completed the signing of right-back Pablo Zabaleta from Manchester City on Friday. 

The club’s official website reported the deal had gone through, with the Argentina international signing a two-year contract. Here’s Zabaleta in his new club’s colours:

Sometimes a new challenge is all you need as a person and as a player,” the veteran defender said. ”I thought my time at City was done. It’s been a fantastic nine years, absolutely brilliant. Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and, of course, for me it was probably the right time to move on.”

City supporters will be sad to see Zabaleta depart the club after nine tremendous seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

The 32-year-old joined from Espanyol in 2008 and immediately endeared himself to the fans with his tenacious defensive play, willingness to get forward and warrior-like commitment. During the finest spell in the club’s history, he cemented a spot at right-back, and his forward runs were a trademark of the way City operated.

However, injuries slowed the defender down in recent seasons, and he found himself on the fringes under manager Pep Guardiola, who took over last summer. Even when Zabaleta did see time on the field, the same defensive grit wasn’t prevalent, with age looking like it was beginning to catch up with the player.

Despite finishing his City career in a slump rather than with a flourish, anyone who frequented the Etihad in recent years will only have positive things to say about him.

Zabaleta helped City to two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his spell at the club. He also netted the opening goal in the team’s memorable clash with Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 campaign, when the blue side of Manchester celebrated a dramatic title win.

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Richard Sherman Reportedly Blames Russ, Carroll for Not Winning Multiple SBs

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman reportedly believes the team “should have won multiple Super Bowls by now” and has told friends he places the blame for the lack of championships on quarterback Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll.

Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com passed along details about the unique, and sometimes tense, relationship between Sherman and the other faces of the franchise. They included an encounter during a 2014 practice when he told Wilson, “You f—ing suck!” after an interception.

The 29-year-old has also struggled to move on from the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots. The thriller saw Seattle move the ball to the 1-yard line before Wilson threw an interception to Malcolm Butler in the final seconds to seal the Pats’ victory.

A former assistant coach told Wickersham that Sherman’s tendency to place blame on others when things don’t go right doesn’t always sit well with teammates.

“He’s always looking at what other people are doing,” the coach said. “He’s made it personal. It’s your fault we’re not winning. It wears guys thin.”

The issues reportedly stem from the defender’s belief that Carroll “hasn’t held Wilson or many young Seahawks to the defense’s championship standard.” Sherman declined an opportunity to respond to the claims made in the ESPN article.

Seattle was open about the possibility of trading Sherman, who has two years left on his current contract, earlier in the offseason. It’s unclear whether his apparent discontent with the team’s overall results played a role in those talks.

Carroll admitted earlier in May during a 710 ESPN Seattle radio interview those discussions have faded since the 2017 NFL draft finished.

“Yes. In one respect, it would be because it went after draft time,” he said. “But people can always call you, and there were some people, there were some conversations. I don’t think they’re going to change. I don’t think anybody’s going to offer us anything that would make it worthwhile, because there’s no draft involved and all that kind of stuff. But that’s always out there. There’s always opportunities to trade.”

Carroll added the chances of making a deal now are “like zero percent.”

Sherman has spent his entire career with the Seahawks since the team selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He’s earned four Pro Bowl selections and helped the team win Super Bowl XLVIII with a blowout victory over the Denver Broncos at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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Terry Bradshaw Says Nick Saban’s Salary at Alabama Is ‘Shameful’

Terry Bradshaw is not a fan of Nick Saban‘s new salary at Alabama.

In an interview on the Paul Finebaum Show, the Fox analyst compared the latest deal to the full budget of Louisiana Tech and called the salary “shameful,” via Jesse Kramer of The Comeback.

Saban is set to make $11.25 million this season as part of a three-year contract extension.

There are various reason to argue against the lofty salary, including whether that money should go to the players or to the school. However, Bradshaw provided a different angle to dislike Saban.

“If he has the personality of Steve Spurrier, then I would like him,” Bradshaw explained. “Spurrier, now you’re talking about a great coach. That’s a great coach, Steve Spurrier, not Saban. Saban hates people. The man doesn’t even like people.”

Spurrier had a successful coaching career at Florida, South Carolina and Duke, winning 228 career games with one national championship in 1996. However, Saban has clearly proved himself as a more successful coach with five national championships, including four at Alabama.

Since his second year with the Crimson Tide, the 65-year-old has led his teams to 112 wins and just 13 losses. 

Considering Alabama generated $103.9 million in 2016, via Ahiza Garcia of CNN, Saban has clearly earned his salary.

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TJ Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt Scratched from UFC 213

A back injury will prevent UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt from defending his title against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213 on July 8, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN. 

Dillashaw will instead take on flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in August.

Women’s champion Amanda Nunes will still defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213.

Garbrandt originally announced the decision in a since-deleted Facebook post (h/t BJPenn.com), saying the match is not happening.

“No I’m not fighting on the 8th,” he wrote. “This has been my dream to get to the top and I want to have longevity!”

He also said he expects another four weeks of recovery.

The undefeated fighter posted this message on his Twitter account:

Garbrandt underwent stem cell injections to help solve his issues, per Dan Hiergesell of MMA Mania. However, he apparently still needs more time to recover, which will prevent him from competing in the upcoming pay-per-view event.

In an interview with Submission Radio, Dillashaw discussed the possibility of dropping down to the flyweight division to take on Johnson. However, Mighty Mouse has defended his title 10 times already, and he won’t make things easy on the next contender.

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