James Conner hurts shoulder as injuries mount for Steelers rookies

For the third time in as many days a Steelers rookie was injured during training camp. Running back James Conner left Sunday’s padded practice with an injured left shoulder after what had been an impressive performance. Conner was one of seven Steelers players mentioned by head coach Mike Tomlin in his post-practice injury report. Tomlin
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Jaguars ‘concerned’ by Blake Bortles’ rough practice

The Blake Bortles panic meter may finally be reaching its breaking point in Jacksonville. The beleaguered signal caller, selected No. 3 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, has battled turnover issues throughout his first three seasons in the league. While Bortles is clearly talented, coaches are growing concerned about his volatility. Bortles did nothing to
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Chargers’ second-round pick OL Forrest Lamp tears ACL, out for season

New city, same old injury woes. This time it’s Los Angeles Chargers rookie guard Forrest Lamp, the team’s second-round pick, who tore the ACL in his right knee during Wednesday’s practice, the team announced. Newton initially suffered the injury against the Chargers in Week 14 last year and didn’t miss any time, though the team
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Cardinals president Michael Bidwill sends private jet to pick up Kurt Warner’s stranded family

Kurt Warner asked for help and Michael Bidwill answered. Warner tweeted Thursday to crowd-source some assistance for 13 family members who were stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare airport while trying to make their way to Canton, Ohio, for this weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremonies. How do you insulate yourself from any sort of distraction with contract
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Dallas Cowboys have themselves a masterpiece in ‘The Star’

No offense to Jerry Jones, but maybe he’s spoiled. Because when Sporting News asked the Cowboys owner whether he considers the extravagant palace that is The Star to be the masterpiece of his Hall of Fame career in football, Jones’ mind dismissively turned to high school football. He’s proud to have manufactured a direct link
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This is almost always the way with modern NBA superteams.

After seeing how both the Cubs and Indians relied successfully on their bullpens to make it through the postseason, other teams have begun to copy the strategy in hopes of pulling through the postseason. The Yankees pushed hard for David Robertson and the underrated Tommy Kahnle — who is quietly having a terrific season and
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Turner is smartly using Bleacher Report as both content factory and ideas incubator for the young

Failing to improve a roster better equipped to handle Golden State has left LeBron James “frustrated” and “concerned.” And that was before all of the drama surrounding Irving’s trade request. In need of a positive mark on the offseason report card, the Cavs have signed Derrick Rose to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, according to
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LeBron James’ latest gamble could send Cavs down dangerous path

By any measure, what LeBron James has gotten up to in Cleveland lately is, at least, strange. At most, it is a bizarre gamble that could result in a disastrous backfire. Now in a stretch of six losses in eight games, James expressed dissatisfaction with the Cavaliers as an organization this week, saying, “We’re not
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Trade market for relief pitching skyrockets as MLB front offices reach key realization

The MLB trade deadline is less than a week away, but teams have already seen one of the best available bats, J.D. Martinez, moved for scraps, while relief pitchers have fetched a kings’ ransom in prospects and value. The Pistons are moving in the wrong direction defensively, as they were the No. 2 defensive team
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