Cardinals’ Christian Kirk pays restitution, gets charges dropped

Cardinals rookie receiver Christian Kirk has put a legal problem behind him.

The Cardinals drafted Kirk knowing that he had been arrested in February in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona, on a disorderly conduct and property damage charge. Today Kirk had the charges dropped.

Scottsdale city prosecutor Karen Close said Kirk paid restitution and as a result her office dropped the charges.

As free-agent additions go, Omameh signing a three-year, $15 million contract ($5.5 million guaranteed) was oh-by-the-way news in mid-March, coming a day after the Giants lured in left tackle Nate Solder with a $62 million deal. Omameh was brought in to start and this spring he is working with the first team, lining up at right guard, with Flowers to his right and center Brett Jones to his left. John Greco, a 10-year veteran (mostly with the Browns) brought in midway through last season mainly to watch, has worked as the starting left guard, alongside Solder. Rookie Will Hernandez, the highly touted second-round pick, is the second-unit left guard, although he has received snaps with the starters.

Keeping Hernandez behind Greco is likely a decorum move by the coaching staff, not giving Hernandez too much too soon, making sure he earns his spot with the first unit. How the offensive line shakes out in the spring is not necessarily how it turns out in the summer and into the regular season.

Still, the Warriors carry an All-Star array of talent with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, all of whom will be intent on wearing down James.

Golden State’s Curry missed the first six postseason games with a sprained knee, and while he doesn’t look 100 percent and shows occasional rust, he still has enough to remind all that he’s a two-time MVP. When he’s right, every time he shoots, you think it’s good. Right now, not so much. Hill is a steady, non-spectacular but consistent pro. The Cavs pray he hit shots and avoids foul trouble. Behind him are venerable (a nice way of saying old) Jose Calderon and Finals newbie Jordan Clarkson.

He is an All-Star, but Thompson remains under the radar with the galaxy of stars surrounding him on the Warriors. He is one of the game’s premier two-way players, a terrific defender who lights it up offensively with anyone. His size makes him another guy to stick on LeBron.

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Chargers sign a tight end, but it isn’t Antonio Gates

The Chargers lost tight end Hunter Henry for the season when he tore his ACL during practice last week and it wasn’t long before people began wondering if that would open the door for Antonio Gates’ return for another season.

Quarterback Philip Rivers has endorsed such an idea, but the team’s first move at tight end since Henry’s injury didn’t involve their longtime star.

Within weeks, Yepremian was a guest star on The Odd Couple. He kicked another six years with the Dolphins, nine overall in the NFL, and even made All-Pro the very next year. All you have to do is see the reactions of his teammates in the Super Bowl video to know they wished he suffered in the moment as much as they did.

Fred Merkle received one of the unforgettable names of all time — Bonehead — because his failure to touch second base late in the 1908 season cost the Giants the NL pennant. The resulting and lasting description of that play — Merkle’s Boner — has thrown generations of 13-year-old boys into hysterics whenever they come across it in a baseball history book. Merkle had a terrific 20-year career, but when he died in 1956, that two-word description was in the first paragraph of every obituary.

Apart from fans not standing or not taking their hats off or or not getting their faces out of their phones or yelling profanities at easy-target players who are standing motionless during the anthem or going to the bathroom (either in the bathroom or elsewhere) or standing in line to buy a hotdog or hobnobbing in a luxury suite, there’s a specific tradition at Arrowhead Stadium, where 70,000-plus fans commemorate the last word of the anthem (brave) by shouting Chiefs!

So will the Chiefs be asking Chiefs fans not to turn the last word of the anthem into a pre-kick battle cry?

[O]ur plan is encourage everyone in our stadium to stand and respect the anthem, team spokesman Ted Crews told PFT via text message on Thursday.

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Wentz said he’s beginning the running progression phase of his rehab, but wouldn’t put a timetable on when he’s going to be full-go.

It’s such a fluid process, it’s so hard to put a timeframe and a timetable on these things, he said. I wish I knew as well, but things are going well, and I’m happy with where I’m at.

Wentz blew out his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, which cut short an MVP-caliber season. After watching his teammates win a Super Bowl , the third-year pro is itching to be ready for the regular season. He noted that playing in the preseason won’t be required for him to be ready for opening day.

But the Knights kept pressing and tied it after a prolonged sequence of dominance in which Colin Miller’s shot hit the post before Eakin buried Ryan Carpenter’s cross-ice pass.

Forward Tomas Tatar was a healthy scratch for the Golden Knights. The Slovak scorer had played in all 22 games since Vegas acquired him from Detroit, but has just two points in the last 10. … Kopitar’s 21st career playoff goal moved him past Marcel Dionne for sixth in franchise playoff goals. The captain is third in team history with 45 assists. … Margot Robbie, David Beckham and injured Dodgers slugger Justin Turner attended the game.

The Giants, Bryant said when asked Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about potential landing spots, got a helluva defense, they’re going to pay OBJ [ Odell Beckham Jr.], so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling [ Shepard ]… the tight end [ Evan Engram ], [QB Eli ] Manning ?Crazy…. They draft [Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick]? That’d be crazy!

With Marshall gone now, the Giants have room at wide receiver behind Beckham and Sterling Shepard. Looks like Bryant is one step closer to fulfilling his wish.

Still, the most important development for a Florida-based NFL team is the news that the Jaguars will have a doggie daycare service at the stadium on game days this season.

Well, my take is at the moment it’s hypothetical, Tisch said. We have not been contacted by anyone representing Odell making that comment or suggesting that’s something he will do so my reaction to it is it’s another hypothetical situation in a number of hypothetical situations. Odell’s contract will be negotiated at the appropriate time.

An NFL source told The Post any trade for Beckham would have to bring back a first-round pick to the Giants. Yes, Mara did say Beckham is not untouchable but nothing is in the works, as the Giants want to move forward with Beckham — a more matured Beckham. Dealing Beckham, Mara said, is not a scenario I would like to see happen.

Tisch said, I would like to have Odell on the Giants this coming season. He’s a tremendous athlete, he’s a great player. So I do hope that Odell is with the Giants for the 2018 season. I would like that very much.

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Jerry Jones is questioned in Kaepernick collusion grievance

George shot it a little better against the Rockets, then a little better against the Miami Heat two nights later, and then shredded the Grizzlies for 40 points on 13-of-20 shooting on the final night of the regular season.

The defending Super Bowl champion has had the privilege of beginning the following season with a Thursday home game since 2004. (In 2012, the season opener was played on a Wednesday, and in 2013, the Ravens were sent on the road to Denver for the first game because of a conflict with Major League Baseball.)

I know some of our players in the NFL have talked about this, and I see it firsthand; it’s just wrong and we have to find a way to correct it, Kraft said about the justice system after visiting Mill. If he was serious, he’d do more than talk and highlight a single injustice. Kraft would use his position to make it clear that no one who decides to peacefully protest to bring about the reform Kraft says he desires will be punished harshly under his watch. Given that he owns a team led by a 40-year-old quarterback and traded away the seeming heir apparent, Kraft should sign Kaepernick, which would help his football team. And it would help push for equality in the criminal justice system that Kraft seems to agree is urgently needed.

Without meaningful action, Kraft appears to be just a powerful white man who makes public gestures to befriend some members of an oppressed group while doing nothing to help them. It’s not enough for a man like Kraft to visit a popular rapper in prison and say a few pretty words about the need for equality and reform. He can do more, much more. And he must.

Daniel Wallach, a sports gaming expert, said that despite losing six previous decisions in the case, New Jersey has never been in a better place in the federal court than it is today.

Griffin’s first injury in the NFL came in a December 2012 game against the Ravens when Haloti Ngata hit Griffin on a scramble. Griffin, then with Washington, partially tore the PCL in his right knee. He tore the ACL in the same knee during the postseason.

He insists he has learned his lesson and become more knowledgeable about the game along the way.

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Report: Raiders may cut Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch

Despite comments from Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden that indicated receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch were in the plans for 2018, both could be gone before the regular season.

That’s the word from Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who reports that both players are in flux and could be out of Oakland this year.

Solder has 95 career NFL starts and instantly become the best player on the Giants offensive line which Flowers never achieved, despite his lofty draft status.

Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, waived recently by the Panthers, signed a two-year deal with the Giants and before he did, he had no knowledge the Giants were on the verge of opening the coffers for a new left tackle.

That’s exciting, Stewart said. It is definitely trending up and I think having Dave there is the reason why they’ve been good in the past and he knows how to put teams together and it seems like he’s doing a good job so far.

He is waiting for an MRI to confirm, but Price is believed to have torn a pectoral muscle, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Price, one of 11 Ohio State players participating in the combine this week, was projected as a first-round choice by some draft analysts. The injury, though, obviously could affect his draft stock.

At 24, I knew I was not ready to be taken care of. I wanted to struggle on my own. I wanted to have to eat cheap, tasteless, frozen dinners. And more importantly, I wanted to pursue a career that I could be proud of.

It’s almost impossible to make that work when you live in a few different cities throughout the year, following your partner around from one game to the next. Compromise is hard, and there’s always one person who has to give up a little more than the other.

I just wasn’t willing to compromise anymore. I wanted to put my aspirations and goals first and, unfortunately, that meant leaving Minnesota forever.

It wasn’t easy moving on, but I left because I had always been driven to make my own mark in this world, to learn from and grow in the struggles that I believed were necessary if I was to be the true me.

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Saints G.M. on Drew Brees: He’s going to be a New Orleans Saint

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis didn’t want to get into any of the particulars of the negotiations with Drew Brees.

But like everyone else involved in the process, he’s confident a deal will be reached before his quarterback becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Pat Shurmur  got an up close and personal look at Sam Darnold during USC’s Pro Day on Wednesday, after the Giants  met with the top quarterback prospect prior to his workout.

According to report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Darnold had dinner with the Giants on Monday and the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

However, the Giants might not get a chance at Darnold, as the Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 overall pick and could invest it in the Southern Cal. product and met with him as well.

It was awesome, Darnold said during an appearance on NFL Network of his meetings with the Browns, Giants, and Jets , who are the owners of the top-three picks in next month’s NFL Draft. Just being the best version of myself is what I strive for. I think I did a nice job of that today, and these past few days when I’ve been meeting with teams.

The one thing scouts need to learn about Darnold they won’t learn by him throwing against air.

He had 22 interceptions and 21 fumbles in 27 starts at USC.

In regards to turning the ball over, the No. 1 priority of a quarterback is to protect the football, Darnold said. I’m aware of that, and I’m aware how much I turn the ball over and that it’s not OK. I’ve been addressing it this offseason. I’ve been working on keeping two hands [on the ball] in the pocket at all times. The only time I let go of the ball is to throw it. That’s something I’ve really been working on. And also keeping it tight whenever I tuck it and run.Report: Handful of teams see Teddy Bridgewater as potential starter

The NFL hasn’t made anything official yet, but signs continue to point to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 14 rather than having his contract with the Vikings toll for another season.

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Kristaps Porzingis confident he’ll return to All-Star form following ACL surgery

When asked about it, Porzingis said he hasn’t thought much about the team’s future. He said he is confident that team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry will make the right decisions to improve the club.

I haven’t been really thinking about that as much. It’s something that, it’s their job, and it’s in their hands, and we’ll see what happens this summer, said Porzingis, who is eligible for a five-year, $157 million extension this summer. I haven’t really thought about it, and it’s also not my job. So I’m confident that they will make the right moves.

His best save came 4:20 into the third period when he robbed Travis Sanheim with a tremendous glove save on a wrist shot from the point.

Just tried to react, Fleury said.

The Vegas goalie was happy to join the caliber of players who have reached 400 wins, but downplayed the accomplishment — at least for now.

Maybe I’ll be more proud when I’m done, he said. But I’m still playing and look forward to the next game.

The Cavs have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers.

Cavaliers: Kyle Korver scored 12 points while playing with a bruised right foot. … Cleveland dressed only 11 players with several long-term injuries. UCLA product Kevin Love remains sidelined with a broken hand.

Lakers: Ingram was re-evaluated Sunday. He is progressing well, but the Lakers expect him to miss at least two more games. … Fans near courtside included Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen, Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, comedians Jerrod Carmichael and Marlon Wayans and former Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

OH HELLO: With the Lakers up 16 points in the fourth quarter, Magic spent a timeout greeting James’ agent, Rich Paul, and his longtime manager, Maverick Carter, at their courtside seats.

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While Hellebuyck has been a revelation, the 24-year-old has never played in the postseason. A hot goaltender is a key ingredient for a long playoff run, so I assume he’ll stay composed under pressure. Stingy defense is another ingredient, and the Jets have been stellar on D. They are fifth-best in the league in goals per game, allowing 2.6. The Capitals are more mediocre in this area, as a leaky defense has been a concern since training camp. Washington is below the league average, allowing 2.93 goals per game.

As it stands now, the Jets would face the Wild in the first round, and that’s a tough matchup. The Capitals, meanwhile, would draw the Devils — young and plucky like the Jets, but once again, potentially overmatched by experience. My heart wants the Jets to make a long playoff run, but my gut says the Ovechkin-led Capitals — a team that has plenty of experience playing in April and May — may make it further.

Kings coach John Stevens decided to put That 70’s Line on hiatus for a night.

Instead, having forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson play with center Adrian Kempe gave Los Angeles’ chances of making the postseason a much-needed reboot.

Toffoli and Pearson scored, Kempe had two assists and the Kings moved back into playoff position with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Stevens shuffled his lines coming off a 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, getting the response he was looking for from Los Angeles’ three emerging stars on offense.

I was really happy for the Kempe line tonight, Stevens said. We talked to that line just how much we needed them to play like they did earlier in the year. It could really balance out our attack, and I thought they did tonight.

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Tom Brady wrote a letter to Hall of Fame voters to campaign for Jason Taylor

That means running back David Johnson, who stole the show for the Cardinals in 2016, won’t see the field either. He rushed for 1,239 and 16 touchdowns, the second-highest in the league. He showed how dominant he can be as a receiving back, hauling in 80 passes for 879 yards and four scores.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Cowboys decided not to trot out Prescott, Elliott, and the other starters, either. But fans should still tune in to watch rookies like Charlton, Awuzie, Lewis, Reddick, Baker.

Charlton is a massive defensive end with speed and pass-rushing moves. The Cowboys will need his skill set to help generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Awuzie and Lewis are press corners who can play in man coverage, which should help the Cowboys’ passing defense that ranked 26th last season.

In Jason Taylor’s 15-year NFL career, he played 20 games against the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots. He sacked Brady 12.5 times and certainly earned the quarterback’s respect.

The tents made their NFL debut in the 2017 Hall of Fame Game between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL officially adopted the practice back in May at the league’s spring meetings.

It’s an opportunity for us to have a better examination because it will ensure privacy for a short period of time, so doctors can go ahead and make the appropriate diagnosis, commissioner Roger Goodell said in May.

While these tents won’t solve the league’s concussion crisis, they will aid doctors and staffers while providing players with the dignity of an evaluation away from prying eyes. Early diagnosis is a major factor in preventing the future injuries that can derail careers and lives. An environment that provides fewer distractions and more latitude for on-the-spot evaluations is a step in the right direction albeit a small one.

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James Harden joins elite company with back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles

James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for a second consecutive 40-point triple-double and, despite blowing a huge lead, the Rockets topped the Hornets 121-114 on Tuesday for their ninth straight win.

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Out of the timeout, Ryan Anderson made Houston’s first shot in more than four minutes.

“I don’t talk about nobody’s moms. I don’t cuss at nobody’s moms,” Thomas said Sunday, via the Boston Herald. “And I don’t talk about people’s families. So whatever he said, that’s a 100 percent lie. And he knows that. Because I always say keep it hoop. When it comes to basketball I talk about basketball. And I’m going to trash talk, and I’m going to compete. I’m going to do whatever I can to make my team win a game. But I don’t bring parents in it. I don’t bring family. I don’t even know his mom to curse at her like he said I did, or whatever he’s lying about.

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“Besides him cussing me out, we played against each other,” Jordan said. “He’s a great spirit and a great basketball mind, a Hall of Fame guy. Someone I looked up to coming up and even playing against. So any pointers he can give me, or tips, it’s great. I just want to be a student when he’s here.