Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins is ‘for sure’ a contender to start at quarterback, Jay Gruden says Smith announced in May that he will not be playing in the 2019 season for personal reasons, and while he addressed the trade rumors he’s been involved in, he reiterated that he isn’t retiring. He will instead use the time away from the field to get his “world in order.”Smith, a fifth-round selection of the Jaguars in 2014, signed a four-year contract extension worth $45 million in 2017, the same year he earned his first Pro Bowl selection.In his five seasons with the Jaguars, he has 587 combined tackles with 7.5 sacks and nine interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. Cowboys’ Rico Gathers suspended 1 game for violating NFL substance abuse policy Texans end pursuit of Nick Caserio; Patriots drop tampering charge Photo of Telvin Smith instagram post: pic.twitter.com/BPbUgvCWMy— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) June 15, 2019The letter showed the Jaguars fined Smith $14,775 for missing the first day, $29,550 for the second and $44,325 for the third, adding that the sanction is required by the 2011 collective bargaining agreement.Smith didn’t seem concerned, though, as he added, “it’s still love!!” Related News Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue also missed minicamp as he seeks a new contract and is expected to be penalized as well. Telvin Smith’s absence from Jacksonville’s three-day mandatory minicamp last week was duly noted.The Jaguars linebacker posted a picture to his Instagram story on Saturday that included a letter from the team saying he had been fined $88,650 for failing to attend.
McCutchen was laughing, as usual, and soon other players were, too. Everyone seemed to perk up as McCutchen quickly changed into his workout gear and headed onto the field.At just 23 years old and with only 123 days of major league experience, McCutchen already is emerging as the team leader.“Andrew carries himself with a maturity well beyond his years,” general manager Neal Huntington said.“He’s got confidence,” manager John Russell said. “He’s been in the limelight for years without even being there (in the majors). He’s the type of guy who relaxes and has fun. That helps him play the game the way he does.”A first-round draft pick in 2005, McCutchen for years was the lone bright spot in the Pirates’ minor league system. He nearly made the team out of spring training in 2007, but former general manager Dave Littlefield wisely chose to give him more time to develop.The past two years, McCutchen was among the final, tough cuts in spring training camp.“He went back to Instructional League in 2008, when he thought he probably should’ve been called up, and handled it better than anyone could’ve imagined,” Huntington said. “And he handled it well when he was sent out again last year. What we thought (would happen) toward the end of the summer instead happened in (June) and he hit the ground running.”McCutchen made his debut June 4, the day after center fielder Nate McLouth was traded to the Atlanta Braves, and singled in his first at-bat. McCutchen wound up batting .286 with nine triples, 12 home runs and 54 RBIs out of the leadoff spot.Baseball America named McCutchen its major league rookie of the year. He finished fourth in voting among baseball writers for the Rookie of the Year award.This year, McCutchen’s spot on the roster is assured. He smiled when asked what he can do for an encore.“Try to have an even better year,” he said. “Shoot high, work hard and hope for the best. I prepared myself well this offseason, so I want to have an even better year.”McCutchen started 108 of the team’s final 109 games. Yet, unaccustomed to the grind of a major league season, McCutchen wore down by September.“He geared his offseason workouts to make sure he’s a little stronger in his legs,” Russell said. “He still has some things we think he can improve on: his throwing; his first step in the outfield; constant adjustments in hitting. He wants to be more aggressive on the bases, maybe steal a few more this year. He’s got a very good outlook this year.”NOTES: Relievers Octavio Dotel (oblique) and Joel Hanrahan (elbow) are on track to begin their throwing programs by mid-week…Tuesday, the Pirates were scheduled to play a charity game against the State College of Florida. Bryan Morris and Donnie Veal were among seven Pirates pitchers slated to work one inning apiece. …Paul Maholm and Ross Ohlendorf each will pitch one inning Wednesday in the Grapefruit League opener against the New York Yankees. Virgil Vasquez, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas and Brian Bass also are slated to pitch. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)—A few days ago, a sleepy morning in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ clubhouse was brightened when Andrew McCutchen walked into the room. ANDREW MCCUTCHEN read more
By Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – During a visit to the White House, Eileen Huang and a few other high schoolers got First Lady Michelle Obama snapping her fingers in admiration at a poetry reading.“It was pretty cool,” said Eileen, 16, of Holmdel.Eileen and four others could pull this off because they are the country’s five National Student Poets, each representing a region of the country. Eileen represents the Northeast Region of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.In its fourth year, the National Student Poets Program is bestowed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, whittling 20,000 high school poets to the five honored.In her role, Eileen is beginning a year-long service project on writing and reading in the Northeast.A sophomore at the Monmouth County Vocational School District’s High Technology High School on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, Eileen has been writing since middle school. She writes poetry and fictional short stories.“I don’t even consider myself a writer,” Eileen said. “(More so) a kid who writes.”In her freshman year, Eileen submitted a poem, “Cities,” a poem about what cities would be like if they were people, to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. In March 2015, she won a gold medal in the contest and became one of 35 finalists – seven per each of the five regions.Then, Eileen submitted three poems, “Gargoyle,” about the negative impacts of beauty standards place upon women; “Piano,” about thinking about her sisters – Alice, now 14, and Maddy, now 8 – playing piano, while she had quit; and “Confluence,” comparing subjects of Tang Dynasty poems, which she studied during a year abroad in China, and her life.Part of the submission package was her biography and a video talking about her love of poetry and writing it.Over the summer, Eileen found out she won the Northeast Region.In October, she read “Confluence” at the White House, which, Eileen said, was “very surreal.”“I actually sat next to her (Michele Obama) during the ceremonies,” Eileen said. “She made comments (about the poems during the readings). She was real nice.”Eileen also draws, paints, programs computers and enjoys physics. So, she combines art and science.“The more I learn about the literary world, the more I learn about the science world, they’re really not different,” she said. “I think there shouldn’t be that divide.”Eileen said she does not know what she wants to do for a career. Her parents, Sandra Liu and Xinyu Huang, are engineers.When she spent 7th grade in China, she volunteered at an orphanage. Now, she tutors Long Branch elementary students in English and mathematics.A Renaissance person?“Not really,” Eileen said. “I’m trying to figure it out.”Through her National Student Poet position, Eileen got to meet national poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Yet, she noted, her life is juxtaposed with “going to school, doing all these teen-age things.”Huang will be speaking at the TEDxNavesink 2016 Makers conference, to be held on April 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre. The conference will feature talks by 30 pioneering makers from New York, New Jersey and around the globe.CONFLUENCEBy Eileen HuangTang dynasty poemsare four lineseach,breaks between cadenceseach character a curve,iron hook, slicing blackscissor slashes againsttextbook paper. I am noLi Bai, for instead of wineI drink the laws of thermodynamicsand I pass time under the home screen ofa Nokia rather than moonlight, the foot of my bed nothing morethan a scuffing ofcrushed cockroaches. I do not need lullabieswhen I can recitestanzas in my sleep, their four beat,jumping voicesbuzzing like dragonflies in hollow ear canals.They speak of rivers, looping islands,yellow brown mud sloshing behindrocks in the shapes of warriorswho jumped across gorgesin pursuit of wild tigers.I do not need to press knees against littered plastic bagsand feel them crunch like insects under bare feet,I do need to pretendthat I am standing at the edge of a river,one toe in the flowing mud,arm resting against the sandbanks. And I do notneedblankets when I have thelisping voices of Su Songto sing meto sleep. read more