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  • Will 49ers cut Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports39 mins ago

    The 49ers on Saturday reworked the contract of defensive end Ray McDonald to lower his salary-cap number by $2.11 million for the upcoming season, a source confirmed. On Sunday morning, however, McDonald was taken into custody by San Jose Police on felony domestic violence charges. He posted $25,000 bail and was released later that morning.

    -- Matt Maiocco, CSNBayArea.com

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  • J.J. Watt deserves to be NFL's richest defensive player

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports46 mins ago

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  • Derek Carr's starting nod highlights Raiders' ineptitude at QB

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports51 mins ago

    Mike Florio questions whether Oakland's decision to start rookie Derek Carr in Week 1 is more a compliment of Carr or a sign of the Raiders' inability to identify quality veteran quarterbacks. The team brought in former Texans starter Matt Schaub during the offseason, but he completed just 24 of 47 passes in the preseason with no touchdowns and an interception. Carr, on the other hand, was 30 of 45 for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

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  • $30.87 million fully guaranteed at signing for J.J. Watt

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    More details are trickling in regarding the new contract for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

    Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Watt will receive $30.87 million fully guaranteed at signing.  The source says that the balance converts at the beginning of the 2016 league year.

    Which means that, after two more seasons, $51.876 million will be fully guaranteed for Watt.  That’s a far better structure than the Colin Kaepernick deal, which won’t see the injury-only guarantees fully flip for five years.

    The structure beyond 2016 still becomes important, because at some point the Texans may have to choose between Watt and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.  The bigger Watt’s cash and cap numbers after Clowney finishes his third season, the less the Texans will have to pay both of them.

    - ProFootball Talk, NBC Sports

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  • Why Michael Sam isn't on an NFL roster

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    The Rams cut their roster down to the required 53-man size on Saturday and seventh-round pick Michael Sam was not one of the players included. The rookie, who happens to be the first openly gay player in NFL history, then cleared waivers but was passed over for St. Louis' 10-man practice squad as well. Now, four days removed from cut day, Sam has still yet to find a home in the league. NBCSN football analyst Ross Tucker joined The Dan Patrick Show to explain why he believes the first-year defensive end has been unable to land on an NFL roster.

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  • If anyone deserves $100M, it's Houstons' J.J. Watt

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    J.J. Watt rose into sight on a recent episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" as he walked across the bridge over Kirby to the Texans' practice fields.   In that episode he was part football player, part mythical beast, part superhero. Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Tice called him a "freakazoid" and he might not be far off. Watt isn't just good. He's the best defensive player in football and he's getting better. His stats in 2013 didn't match his Defensive Player of the Year season prior but he might have been better. And he isn't just rich anymore. Now, he's landed the richest contract of any defensive player in the NFL. MegaWatt's got megabucks. And it's hard to think of anyone more deserving. Because that "Hard Knocks" episode was on to something. Watt isn't just a football player; not in Houston. In this city, Watt is Elvis and the Beatles rolled into one. Don't believe it? Go to any open training camp practice. Hear grown women shriek. Hear grown men "ooh" and "aahh." Watch little kids gaze in wonderment as the larger-than-life Watt, with an even larger-than-life-smile, runs onto the practice field to put in more hard work. And that's really where the love affair begins. If anyone could ever deserve a $100 million contract, it's Watt. If anyone could ever be expected to work even harder after getting one, well, it's Watt. It's true that the Texans didn't need to extend him now. They had him under contract for two more years but they got the deal done before the 2014 season and Watt deserved that too. He had clearly out-played his rookie contract after being taken with the 11th pick in the 2011 draft out of Wisconsin. Watt could have held out. He could have caused a fuss outside of recent -- and polite -- comments that he wanted a new deal. But he didn't hold out. He didn't try to strong-arm the organization that gave him a start in the league. He didn't want to miss practice. He didn't want to miss out on teaching his younger teammates; he's a true leader. Andre Johnson is the unquestioned best player in the franchise's history; but Watt's the face. And now he's the future. His image isn't squeaky clean; it's sterile. And that's no accident. His image means a lot to him and it's already made him a lot of money even before his new mega-deal. It’s important to him that it stays intact. He speaks in clichés and recognizes he does it. But as he said recently, clichés are clichés for a reason, right? Watt works hard and he’s not shy about sharing it. He spent part of his offseason sleeping on his buddy’s floor in Wisconsin, trying to live a “Rocky” lifestyle. Teammate Brooks Reed wisely opted for a hotel room. He lets everyone know he’s a hard-worker but he really is. Coaches and teammates rave about his work ethic. Owner Bob McNair told rookie Jadeveon Clowney that

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  • Better late than never, Arsenal seals deal with Danny Welbeck

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    Danny Welbeck is set to ply his trade at the Emirates.

    The 23-year-old striker has sealed a move to bolster Arsene Wenger’s strike force for a reported $26 million, payable to Manchester United.

    From Arsenal.com:

    The 23-year-old England international forward joins Arsenal from Manchester United, where he made a total of 90 appearances, scoring 20 goals. Since making his senior debut in 2008, Welbeck has also won 25 England caps.

    Welbeck, who can play as a centre forward or a winger, developed through the youth ranks at Man United and during his time at Old Trafford had successful loan spells at Preston North End and Sunderland.

    The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory formalities. Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season.

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  • Premier League Highlights: Top five saves Round 3

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

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    Find out which goaltenders made the five best saves in Round 3 of the Premier League.

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  • FedEx Cup: Rory McIlroy can't get out of bunker on Hole 6 at Deutsche Bank

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

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    It's a valiant attempt to strike a good shot out of a bunker on Hole 6, but Rory McIlroy can't muster the strength as the ball hits off the ridge and nestles in a similar position as it began.

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