Foles talks leadership style, playing Eagles in preseason, basketball skills, & more

In life, all you can ask for is hope, and the Jaguars have just that with their new QB Nick Foles. Last season was a massive disappointment for Jacksonville after the team finished  5-11. They struggled on both sides of the ball, especially at the quarterback position. With the addition Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract with Jacksonville after spending the last two seasons in Philadelphia, there is optimism again in Duval County.

The 30-year-old Foles was magical for the Eagles, which included a victory in Super Bowl 52. Can Foles work his magic in Jacksonville? That is the hope, and all starts this week as the Jaguars begin voluntary offseason workouts.

Today, Foles addressed the media as he discussed his leadership style, the importance of the tight end position, his new house in Jacksonville,  playing the Eagles in the preseason, his basketball skills, and more:

(On building chemistry with his new teammates)

“It’s great getting back to work. The offseason is a great time to spend time with your family, get a break from everything, but I know all of us were excited to get back in the building yesterday and get back to work. For me it’s an opportunity to get to know everyone. I haven’t really had the opportunity to get to know the guys in this building. When I signed a lot of the players aren’t here during that time of the year. There are a few guys on the team that I’ve played with before, but it’s fun these last couple days putting faces to names and understanding everything. It’s been great.”

 (On his leadership style)

“I think the big thing is being genuine, being who I am, and a lot of that is getting to know the guys. Obviously, leading by example. I don’t know how everything works here. There are a lot of guys that have been here before, so I’m also observing and watching and the different things I’ve learned throughout my career is there will be a time and a place about implanting it or discuss. We’re all here to make things better, to ultimately give us the opportunity to succeed. To do that you have to build a foundation and that is trust and getting to know each other. That’s why this part of the year is great because we come to work four days a week. You get an opportunity to get to know the guys and then you can build that trust and go from there.”

 (On how the move went for his family down to Jacksonville)

“It’s been great. We really enjoyed it. We’re still moving. Moving takes a long time. We’ve really enjoyed it. I’m blessed to have an amazing wife who we have gone through this whole journey together, my daughter, and we have one on the way too due in November. There’s a lot going on in our life. I’m not going to forget our dog, Henry, he would be mad at me. It has been a wild ride, but we’re excited to be here. My mother-in-law has been with us the last couple of days helping us move in and getting acquainted. It’s a really special time for us for sure.”

(On how involved he was in choosing their new home)

“I was extremely involved. I knew right away when we had signed here we looked online. We were trying to figure it out quickly because it happens fast and we eyed one that we loved, but you also have to go see homes. Right after we signed we went the next couple of days and found a place to live and it ultimately ended up being the place that I had a gut instinct on, and my wife agreed. We’re very blessed to be there.” 

(On his top must-have in his new house)

“For me, growing up since I was a kid I wanted a basketball goal and a little bit of a sport court. That’s what I got. I have always wanted that since I was a kid, so I’m going to be very safe on it. Shooting baskets is therapeutic for me. It’ll be the first time in my career that I have that since college.” 

(On why he likes to shoot hoops)

“In college my roommate and I, my roommate David Douglas, who was a receiver, we lived together all four years. We would go to the rec center one or two days a week and play horse, shoot around and maybe play a little bit of one-on-one during the season just to get away from everything, class, football and just take our minds off of it. When I was in Kansas City there was a basketball goal in the locker room, so we had fun playing horse and stuff like that. It’ll be fun to go home, put on some music, shoot for ten minutes and do what I have to do.”

 (On if he had college basketball scholarship offers)

“I was alright (laughs). I’m 30 now; I can still shoot. My jumping legs aren’t as good as they used to be, but I’m sure with this strength training and everything they will come back pretty quickly.”

 (On if he can still dunk)

“Yes.”

(On the importance of the tight end)

“Tight end in this league right now is so important. The big reason is you want a guy that can go out and catch the ball. I have played with two of the best in the game; Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz and a young, up-and-comer Dallas Goedert, and I have also played with Brent Celek. I’m trying to get those guys’ names out just in case because I will get messages and they will get mad at me. It’s really important. You have to be able to run the ball with the tight end in the game, but they also have to be able to go out and catch the ball. It’s very hard to find guys that are good at both, but a key to a great offense is you really do need a good tight end.”

 (On if he is comfortable enough now to talk to the personnel staff about his feelings about tight ends)

“They’re going to make the best decision for this team and what this team needs. The guys we have here I’m getting to know them. I haven’t had an opportunity to throw with them yet. I was with [James] O’Shaughnessy in Kansas City, so there are a couple familiar faces. I’m going to let them make their decision and I’m going to do what I have to do in the locker room.”

 (On how patient he has to be building trust with his teammates)

“Trust is something you can’t just rush. That’s why you come in here each day. I don’t try to be anything other than myself. I think guys respect that. When they step in the huddle with me they’re not going to say, ‘This is the guy on game day, but then this is the guy that is different in the locker room and different outside of the facility.’ My goal is right here to be who I am all the time. That takes time. It was a lot of fun going out there and working today. Doing our conditioning test, going in the weight room and working, being in the meeting room, getting back to football and getting to see all the different personalities in this locker room. I have played for a couple coaches and one of their lines was, ‘Let your personality show.’ That’s what makes football such a special sport, is all the different guys from all the different backgrounds who come together in the locker room and go out there to achieve great things. This is the start of all that.” 

(On if he only was able to choose one would he want an elite tight end or an elite right tackle)

“To be honest, the foundation of an offense is always through the [offensive] line. It really is through the O-line. The guys I have played with – it’s really hard to run a successful offense without those guys up front. Not only from a skill perspective up front, but also the mindset. The thing I noticed the last couple years in Philly with those guys and the O-line was they are a special group of dudes. You step in the huddle and they have a great relationship. They know all their calls, but great personalities. A lot of fun to play with. I have gotten to know a little bit of the O-line these past couple of days and I see the same thing. Great personalities and it’s going to be a lot of fun stepping into the huddle with them, getting to know them, trusting them with calls, talking to them with the calls, but a foundation – defense – let’s flip it over. You have to have a great [defensive] line. It all starts up front. That’s football and then you build all around that.”

 (Eagles RT Lane Johnson over Eagles TE Zach Ertz)

“No, no I didn’t say that (laughs). Once again those are guys that I love right there and I know I will hear from them if I make a statement. Both of those guys are great players.”

 (On if he likes the fact Philadelphia will be here for the first home preseason game)

“It’ll be crazy. I’ll be excited to go out there and compete against them with these guys. This is my home now. I couldn’t be more excited. Philadelphia knows how much I will always love them. I don’t have to lie about that. My wife and I are grateful to be here and excited to be here for a long time, but it takes a lot of work and ultimately going out there and winning games. It will be fun to compete against Philadelphia.”

 (On if he will jokingly trash talk during the game)

“That’s not really my style. They know that as well. I’m sure they’re going to have a little bit of trash talk just to have fun with me. You build relationships through the years. I have great relationships in that organization, but it will be fun to compete against them. It’ll be fun in warm ups to be across from them. Ultimately that’s what this game is about.”

 (On how deep into the playbook can the team get during the time of year)

“The goal is to get everything down this time of year. It’s a ten-week program and then you get that break so you can fine-tune it and review it, but the goal is to get everything down this time of the year. Then you will probably do a similar install during training camp and then once the season starts that’s where the game planning changes a little bit.”

 (On how far into the playbook is he now)

“We just started today.”

 (On Coach Marrone wanting the quarterback to know more about the offense than anyone)

“I would say if you are running the offense you should know it pretty well. Ultimately, the quarterback, you’re the one that is going to change plays if need be. If it’s built in, we’re going to have plays where there are multiple plays within one or if we need to change a route. Flip and I have been together before so we understand each other’s mentality. That’s the big thing. A play caller and a quarterback, you have to build that relationship and know how each other work. There’s a foundation set for Flip and me. We just have to build on that. It’s going to be a little bit different. There’s some verbiage that is different, but this time of year – teaching the guy the verbiage, me learning the stuff that is a little different for me and then teaching all the guys what I expect, what I see, what I feel, so we can be on the same page. That’s where this time of year is so valuable.”

 (On building on his familiarity with DeFilippo and learning the new nuances of the offense)

“This is Flip’s first year, so it’s basically Flip’s offense and what they want to do here with the guys here. That’s how it is everywhere you go. You get all these coaches from all these different backgrounds, so when they get together they build the best offense that they deem possible for this team. That’s what they have done and now they’re teaching us. That’s how every team works.”

 (On how much time he will need to completely learn the playbook and how much is it reduced because of his previous stops with DeFilippo)

“I don’t know if I can give you a time, but I can say it really helps. It really helps when you have a background in offense where there are similarities. It really gives you a head start as opposed to if you go to an offense that is totally different schematically and verbiage-wise. It’ll take a little bit longer. Because there are similarities, we’ll be able to go a lot faster. I’ll be able to ultimately teach the guys and talk to them at a high level to where they can understand what I see and then if they don’t understand then I can help them with that.”

 (On how helpful it is to have DeFilippo here to ease the transition to a new team)

“It’s wonderful. Anytime you know someone and you get along with that person and you’re on the same page and you get to go forward on a new journey, it’s huge.”

 (On if there has been one person in the locker room he has leaned on to begin to understand the culture of the team)

“Calais and I talked several weeks ago on the phone for a little while because I wanted to hear about his time here and what the locker room is like here. I didn’t know. This is all new to me. We had a great conversation. Ultimately, it’s important for me to understand the people here and what has been going on, what they see, what is the rhythm of the week, how they practice, how they prepare and stuff like that is good for to know, so I can acclimate quicker. You chose a great one. [Campbell] is a guy I have admired since I have been in the NFL. He’s a guy that is one of the best in the league, but you can tell by the way he handles himself that he is a pro’s pro and he is more than a football player. That’s really special.”

 (On if he will watch the Jaguars 2018 offense to get acclimated with the returning players’ playing style)

“There might be some clips of that. A lot of it will be getting a feel throwing with them. Honestly, we saw a lot of Jacksonville offense last year when we were studying film of defensive opponents who we were playing because Jacksonville had played similar opponents. We saw the offense and the different personnel a lot last year. I sort of have an idea coming in. A lot of it will be getting that feel and timing throwing with them. That’s how I work.”

 (On who else on the team has he played with)

“Chris Conley and I played together in Kansas City. Benny Cunningham, Cody Davis, Parker Ehinger. There might be one I’m missing, but there are some guys I have played with before, which is really cool because this is a different part of all of our journeys and we can come together again and do something special.”

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Jacobs: Canelo lost both Golovkin fights

The two fights between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin were close. The first fight ended in a draw, and the second fight ended in a majority decision victory for Canelo. Many were unhappy with the outcomes of those fight, and some felt Golovkin got a raw deal, including IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.

According to Jacobs, who will battle Canelo on May 4 in Las Vegas, Golovkin should have gotten the decision in both of his fights against Alvarez.

“I give Canelo all the respect in the world,” Jacobs said today at a media workout in New York. “He’s definitely top-ten, pound for pound. There are some controversial fights that he’s had that where I thought he lost, including both Golovkin fights. But I respect any man that has the courage to fight as this is a kill or be killed sport, but that’s where the respect ends. As far as getting in the ring with him goes, I want to be the victor. I want to take his head off and prove that I am the best gladiator in the world. That’s my true intentions, so there’s no respect when it comes to that. But we’re both gentlemen, and in my opinion, we’re great ambassadors for the sport. But take that away, and it’s going to be a blood sport in the ring.”

Golovkin probably won the first fight against Canelo, but the second fight was much closer, and you could make a good case for Canelo winning that fight. If Canelo beats Jacobs, and GGG, who is now with DAZN, wins his comeback fight, expect a Canelo-GGG 3. However, Jacobs can prevent that from happening, but can Jacobs get a fair shake from the judges against Canelo? Who knows, but the Brooklyn native is not concerned.

“It’s a little annoying to have to keep talking about the judges and Canelo getting favoritism, but it’s also a fact in most people’s mind so that’s why it comes up so much,” Jacobs said. “I don’t mind answering the questions, but it can be annoying as I don’t want the mindset to be going in there to fight Canelo and the judges. I don’t need any more stress in this fight as Canelo is a force in himself and it’s going to take a lot to figure him out.”

 

Bills’ Josh Allen: ‘I’m going to get bigger, faster, stronger’

Second-year QB Josh Allen is hoping to build on the success that he had in 2018. Allen started 11 games last season for the Bills and was 5-6 in those starts. While his numbers were not eye-popping,(2074 yards, 10 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) Allen did have two fourth-quarter comebacks last season, and he showed the ability to make plays with his legs(631 yards, 8 rushing touchdowns), which has Bills fans excited about the possibilities.

Today, Allen addressed the media as the team began offseason workouts.

Here is what Allen had to say:

Q: The running joke around the league is that you had everybody in the league’s phone number because you reached out to all of them. You called them, you texted them, ‘Welcome to Buffalo.’ What was that all like for you in getting in touch with guys? How important was it for you to do that?

A: It doesn’t take a lot to do that. Just reaching out to someone, asking for the phone number, letting them know that I’m excited for them to be with us and be a part of this wonderful franchise and start trying to set that culture of where we want to be.

Q: What does it mean to you that most of these free agent signing are on your side of the ball and conceivably giving you a whole bunch of new starters?

A: It means we’ve got a lot of work to do. A lot of different new minds trying to work with each other now, trying to build that camaraderie, especially using this time to develop that team chemistry. There’s a lot of new guys trying to come into a new system. It’s not going to be perfect right away, and we don’t expect it to be perfect, but starting that communication now so we can get on the same page with everything.

Q: Obviously, you were following along because we heard you had texted people, but were you almost shocked by the way [Brandon] Beane attacked it? It seemed like there were signings every five minutes, and they were almost all offensive guys. Were you kind of surprised by how it all played out?

A: Well, it’s my first offseason, so I don’t really know how things work. This is all new to me. Whether it was seeing Twitter updates or getting a call from (our Director of Communications) Kevin (Kearns)…it was just good to see that. Mostly Twitter updates was where I got most of my information from, but reaching out to them. It was a fun time for me.

Q: What prompted you or put it in your head to reach out to these guys to say, ‘Welcome to Buffalo?’

A: Nothing really. Like I said, it didn’t take a whole lot of effort to do it. I just wanted them to know that I was following and trying to stay up to date on everything that was going on, trying to let them know that I was happy that they are with us. Trying to reach out, get my foot in the door and start that relationship as quickly as possible.

Q: And that GIF that you sent to Brandon [Beane]?

A: Next question (laughs).

Q: Josh, the leadership role that you have at the position of quarterback is obvious. But you’re not the rookie anymore. How do you see your leadership role growing, advancing, and maturing?

A: Obviously, being in year two and being with the same staff now, understanding the offense, having Matt [Barkley] and DA [Derek Anderson] in the quarterback room, it’s very familiar now. Obviously, a new coach with Coach [Ken] Dorsey, started to develop that relationship, as well. You know, using that first year and all that experience that I had last year and bringing it into this year. Obviously, there’s going to be some stuff that I haven’t seen, but throughout this OTA process, trusting on the guys that have been here before like Lorenzo Alexander and LeSean [McCoy] and just understand what’s going on. This is still new to me. I’m still trying to figure it out, whether it’s scheduling or what to do on the weekends, what we do after 12:00 PM when we’re not supposed to be here. But I’m looking forward to it, looking forward to meeting especially the new guys and continuing the relationships with the guys that have been here off the field whether it be hanging out and having fun.

Q: Is there a comfort level to that leadership this year? I mean, you don’t want to overstep as a rookie even if you are the quarterback. Year two, is there a different comfort level? A sort of ‘been here’?

A: I want to improve. I want to win football games. The quarterback’s job is to put the ball in the end zone and lead a group of guys. But it takes all 11, so we’re going to continue to do that and continue to grow as an offense. Myself personally, I’m going to get bigger, faster, stronger. Try to gain more depth inside the playbook and try to get inside Coach Daboll’s mind and understand what he’s trying to do when he calls a certain play. I know we’re a long way out from football games, but ultimately, that’s our goal. We want to be on the field together and start winning football games and doing that.

Q: When we spoke with you at the end of last season, you had reflected upon last offseason in how your body changed due to your training and how that helped your running ability and athleticism. Did you maintain that type of training? Was it the same kind of thing because you saw, ‘Wow, look what I can do’ because you weren’t going through the Combine stuff?

A: I feel like I’m in a good place right now. Obviously, wasn’t as aggressive as last year in not having the Combine and Pro Day and having to be in tip-top physical shape. This is the point now where we start ramping it up and start getting back into playing shape. When you get into June and July, that’s when you still want to stay aggressive and try to peak at the right time.

Q: Beyond what you said about the work that needs to be done in terms of chemistry with your teammates, do you comprehend the statement that was made by accumulating all of these offensive guys and possibly two new starting receivers, possibly an entirely new starting offensive line, a new starting tight end… do you comprehend that all of these new pieces tie into what you have to be able to do to make it all work? Did that hit you at any point?

A: At the same time, I know that we’ve got a long time to go before we step foot on the field. Nothing is set in stone. So yeah, I just want to get to know these guys and start working with them and trying to understand how they think and what they want to accomplish as a team. We want to be on the same path and start having the same mindset toward things. From what I’ve seen and talked to the guys so far, it’s really good. I appreciate having all these guys here.

Q: Is it exciting?

A: Oh, absolutely it’s exciting. Again, I’m new to this. It’s my first OTA’s, first free agency period. This’ll be my first time as part of a team in going through the Draft process, too. I’m excited to see what happens and how it unravels. It’s definitely a fun process to be a part of.

Q: Do you have perspective on how important a really productive slot receiver can be to an offense? I’m not sure if you had one at Wyoming, but you see it in the NFL – these guys can really be difference makers. It looks like you guys have got one. Can you give some perspective on that?

A: Cole Beasley’s been doing it for a long time now. He’s been one of the most productive slot guys dating back to the last five or six years. It’s going to be fun working with him, understanding what he thinks, starting to communicate and getting on the field whenever we can. I still don’t even know when we can start doing that. But it’s very helpful for an offense when you know that he’s not a safety valve, but he’s going to be there and you can trust on him to win. It’s going to take practice, a lot of repetition so that I’m on the same page as him and vice versa. Know that whenever he gets to a certain depth, he’s going to break it off or if there’s certain leverage that he likes…Like I said, that’s going to take repetition and I’m looking forward to starting to do that with him.

Q: How have you developed a relationship with Mitch Morse, knowing he is signed for the next four years and you’ll be working with him during that time?

A: Mitch is a great dude. I’ve spent some time being back here a little early. He was here a little early. I took him to Bar-Bill (Tavern). He’s not a big hot wing guy. He struggles with the hot sauce. Honey butter barbecue Cajun, he can do that all day, but hot is not his thing. I’ve been developing a relationship with him already. He’s a great guy.

Q: I went to a banquet with [Patrick] Mahomes and he said he is not happy that you got Mitch Morse and he doesn’t.

A: Well, I am very happy.

Q: Hey Josh, is the elbow injury totally in the past? Did you have to take any precautions once you first got into the offseason? Is it a consideration of any sort right now?

A: No, no consideration. Obviously in the offseason, I met with PT and go over everything because it compounds throughout the season. Every player has those types of feels that after the season, you want to let your body rest and recover and do some physical therapy. I did some therapy on it for the first couple weeks, and after that I started throwing. No problems at all.

Eli Manning talks Beckham, future, & possibility of NY drafting a QB

Entering his 17th season, Giants QB Eli Manning continues to have the support of the New York Giants. Manning, who has had his struggles over past couple season, will try to lead the Giants back to the playoffs, which has not happened since 2016.

The 37-year-old Manning addressed the media today at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, where he addressed his future, the Giants draft plans, and Odell Beckham Jr.

Q: Are you approaching this offseason any different than any other?
A: No, I think you treat it the same as any year you come in. Had a good offseason, worked hard and I am excited about getting back with the team and the coaches. Going into that second year, you have an advantage because you know what the offense is a little bit and what the coaches like. Things you want to improve on, certain plays and concepts in the offense that you have some time to work on. I think it is just a mindset to work on the things that you need to improve on to help the team. Keep doing the things that you were successful with.

Q: When we talked to John Mara and Steve Tisch at the league meeting, they said at your age you have to go year-to-year. Are you ok with that?
A: I never concerned myself with that. I think every year I am just worried about that next year. That is what I am thinking about. I am thinking about right now with this team. Getting rolling, getting wins and doing whatever it takes to be a good teammate to get this team winning football games.

Q: With you guys picking six and 17, there is a chance to pick a QB. What would it be like to be a mentor to a guy if that were to happen?
A: I have always felt that in the quarterback room I have always had a great relationship with everyone. All the QBs, we have drafted quarterbacks and have had young quarterbacks in there. I enjoy talking football and enjoy talking ball. Giving tips on coverages, protections, concepts, everyone is trying to help each other. It is an open conversation for everyone to get ideas and everyone just sticks around after to get on the same page. That is just part of being a quarterback. I have enjoyed putting in the extra effort and the work. Getting everyone comfortable and up to speed. Help young guys trying to learn a new offense.

Q: Is there a different vibe this year being that you have been through a year with this offense already?
A: It is definitely better going into that second year. Not just for me but to have an offensive line, receivers where you have an idea of what you are supposed to be doing. Now, you can work on just fine tuning a lot of those things and improving the schemes that you are running. The situation last year, guys were trying to figure out what the cadence was or where to line up in the huddle. How you call certain formations. There is so much that has to be learned by everyone. Now, a majority of us know what we are doing and can line up. Bring the young guys along. Everyone can play that much faster because they know what they are doing and they are sure of it.

Q: How did you find out about the Odell trade? What has your reaction been?
A: I found out just watching TV one night. I just came across the (tracker) at the bottom of the screen. Started to get a few texts. That is how I found out. The reaction, I wanted to reach out to him. Odell has been a teammate for five years and has been a friend. These circumstances, you think about the player involved. It is more than just a player; it is someone you have a relationship with. You think more about that person, how they are handling it and that they are OK and doing well with it.

Q: Did you get in touch with Odell right away? Have you been in touch?
A: I’ve been in touch with him, yes.

Q: Do you ever see yourself announcing your final season like some Yankees greats (Jeter, CC, Mariano Rivera) or going more of the traditional route and announcing after the season?
A: I think I will go the traditional route. I thought that was a baseball thing. I know some basketball players have done it, but I don’t see going out that way.

Q: How do you replace such an explosive player as Odell?
A: Guys have to step up. We have good players on this team. Talented receivers and running backs. We played the last four, five games of the season without him. We were able to score points and move the ball. He is a tremendous player and was a tremendous player for us. There are certain things that he can do that not everyone can do, but we still have guys that can play and help us be a tremendous offense and score a lot of points.

Q: How surprised were you by the Odell move?
A: I think after being in the NFL for 16 years, I don’t think there are a whole lot of surprises anymore. You learn to deal with everything. You learn to adjust, you move on and do my job. Do it to the best of my ability and get the players that are here up to speed. That is the great thing about football. I am excited about the players that we have and the additions that we have made. Get everyone up to speed and on the same page. Keep moving forward.

Q: Are you anticipating the Giants drafting a QB this year?
A: Yes, I can see the Giants getting a young quarterback. I understand that. I still have to do my job. I will do my part. Same as last year. Go out there, play quarterback, win football games. That is what I am trying to do.

Q: You talked earlier about the Giants having to make a decision at quarterback? What was the decision like for you? Coming back and wanting to play again.
A: I made that decision pretty quickly. I still wanted to play. I told the Giants that very quickly. I didn’t have to think about it long. This is what I do and what I like to do and I have worked extremely hard the last few months to get ready. I liked how the team rallied toward the end of the year with the coaches. Everyone got on a better page together. Could have won a few more games but had great opportunities to win. We are headed in the right direction.

Q: When did you receive clarity that they wanted you to come back?
A: I had some talks with Mr. Gettleman and coach Shurmur within the last month or so. They told me that I would come back and be on the team this year. I got word within the last month.

Q: What was that conversation like right after the season with Gettleman?
A: Just telling them that I still want to play and feel like I can still play. Just want to be a part of this moving forward. Just told them that, where I was and how I was thinking.

Q: Did you walk out of that conversation unsure about?
A: It was right after the season, so they had a lot to look at and a lot to go over. I just wanted to let them know how I was feeling before they made their decision.

Claressa Shields believes she belongs on the men’s pound-for-pound list(VIDEO)

Claressa Shields is the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. The 24-year-old Flint, Mich. native delivered the best performance of her career and cruised to a unanimous decision over Germany’s Christina Hammer Saturday night in Atlantic City.  One judge scored the fight 98-92, and the other two judges had it 98-91.

The two-time Olympic gold-medalist Shields (9-0, 2 KOs), who entered the fight holding the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles, showed off her complete arsenal of skills in the dominating performance and now joins Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s welterweight Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class.

After this victory, some believe that Shields should be on the pound-for-pound list for not only women, but the men as well, and Shields agrees.

Listen below as Shields talks about the pound-for-pound list:

Photo/Courtesy: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Andrade on Spence: ‘He’s kind of a one-dimensional guy right now'(Watch)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is one of the best at 147, and one of the best in boxing. Recently, he toyed with Mikey Garcia and dominated him for 12 rounds to get the unanimous decision. We don’t know what’s next for Spence, but we do know who we would like it to be, and that is WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford.

The undefeated Crawford will battle Amir Khan on April 20 at MSG, and according to his promoter, Bob Arum, if Crawford gets by Khan, he would look to make Spence-Crawford next. But, Spence is with PBC, and Crawford is with Top Rank/ESPN, so making the fight won’t be easy.

However, if the fight were to happen, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade would go with Crawford.

“I’m a go with Crawford,” Andrade said. “He can box, he can take a good shot, and he knows how to use the ring real well; He’s got ring generalship. Versus Errol, he’s kind of a one-dimensional guy right now. He’s relying on power so much… It’s kind of funny that you knocked down Kell Brook, Chris Algieri, few other guys, but you don’t knock down Mikey Garcia.”

Spence showed his boxing skills against Garcia, and proved in the fight that he is more than just a “one-dimensional fighter.” Spence could fight WBC welterweight champion, Shawn Porter, next, and from there, if both fighters continue to win, maybe Arum and Al Haymon can figure it out at some point, but for now, we wait and see.

Listen as Andrade talks Spence-Crawford:

 

 

Photos: Lomachenko dominates Crolla

Vasiliy Lomachenko once again staked his claim as the pound-for-pound king, knocking out mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla in four rounds to retain his WBA/WBO/Ring Magazine lightweight titles.

Crolla, the former WBA lightweight champion, was game but never threatened Lomachenko. After tough battles against Jorge Linares and Jose Pedraza in 2018, he had an easier night at the office to begin his 2019 campaign.

“I want to fight with Mikey Garcia, but we’ll see. I don’t know,” Lomachenko said. “I stay at 135 as long as it’s possible, and I want to unify all {the} titles.”

Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) scored a knockdown at the end of the third round when referee Pat Russell ruled the ropes held Crolla up.

In the fourth, Loma came out on the attack, knocking Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) back to the ropes. Then, it happened. A right hook to the top of Crolla’s head put him down and out.

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Vikings, Adam Thielen agree on contract extension

The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced today.

According to reports, it’s a four-year, $64 million deal.

Thielen, who will enter his sixth NFL season in 2019, has been named to consecutive Pro Bowls after the 2017 and 2018 seasons and is coming off a career year, recording 113 receptions (third most in team history) for 1,373 yards (fourth most in team history) and nine receiving touchdowns, all career highs. The Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, native became the first player in NFL history to record eight consecutive games with 100-plus receiving yards to start a season, doing so in the 2018 campaign.

Thielen, who attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, was named Second Team All-Pro by the Associated Press after the 2017 season when he helped guide the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game after posting 91 receptions (ninth most in team history) for 1,276 receiving yards (10th most in team history) and four touchdowns.

Originally entering the NFL in 2013 with the Vikings after going undrafted, Thielen has appeared in 80 career games with 46 starts and has totaled 293 receptions, 3,897 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Since the start of the 2016 season, Thielen ranks tied in the NFL in third-down receptions (82), seventh in receptions (273) and seventh in receiving yards (3,616).

Redskins’ Reuben Foster fined two game checks by NFL

The NFL has fined Redskins LB Reuben Foster two game checks after his altercation with girlfriend back in November.  After the incident, Foster was released by the 49ers. Foster would be later claimed off waivers by the Redskins.

Here is a statement from the NFL:

Today, the NFL notified Reuben Foster of the Washington Redskins that he will be fined two game checks following a review of recent incidents and an assessment of his adherence to obligations arising from previous violations of league policies

Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities.

Foster has acknowledged that he is responsible for his actions, and he has committed to a comprehensive accountabilIty plan developed by the league, the NFLPA, and the Washington Redskins to help him grow personally and avoid future misconduct. Foster was advised that any future incidents will likely result in more substantial discipline.

Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities.

Foster has acknowledged that he is responsible for his actions, and he has committed to a comprehensive accountabilIty plan developed by the league, the NFLPA, and the Washington Redskins to help him grow personally and avoid future misconduct. Foster was advised that any future incidents will likely result in more substantial discipline.