NFL sta Brady rips trousers after sinking 110 yard fairway shot

A real hole in one! Tom Brady rips his trousers after sinking an incredible 110-yard shot from the fairway while playing in The Match with Phil Mickelson… but he still loses out to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in £8m charity contest

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NFL star Tom Brady showed his talent was not just exclusive to an NFL pitch by holing a 110-yard shot from the fairway.

But despite sinking the ball for an eagle, it appears he may have also picked up a hold in one, albeit not the kind he was looking for.

Having basked in the glory of his efforts, embarrassment soon set in for the legendary quarter-back as he went to collect his ball from the hole and a massive tear appeared in the rear of his trousers.

Tom Brady reveals the split in his trousers after collecting the ball following his eagle shot

In an attempt to cover up the split, Brady donned a set of waterproof pants instead even with the rain having passed on the course. 

However the shot was a welcome boost to Brady’s day after he had initially struggled alongside Phil Mickelson in an £8million charity game against Tiger Woods and Payton Manning.

That hole secured Brady a par score on the front nine at the Medalist Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.  

Tom Brady holed an incredible shot from 110 yards out during a charity game on Sunday

The NFL icon had endured a rough day as he partnered golf legend Phil Mickelson

But the 42-year-old hooked his opening tee shot, mistimed a chip shot and then shanked another tee shot when NBA icon Charles Barkley offered £40,000 should Brady land his shot on the green.  

Golf star Koepka had pledged that he would donate $100,000 (£80,000) to charity if Brady scored par on the first nine holes. 

Shortly after Brady’s amazing shot, the four-time Major champion tweeted: ‘That’s why you’re the’ followed by a goat emoji.

Despite Brady’s efforts, Woods and Manning emerged victorious in the second edition of The Match which raised £16million for charity 

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka hailed Brady as ‘the goat’ following the shot. The American had said he would donate £80,000 if he scored par on the front nine holes




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Source: RB Hyde agrees to deal with Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks and running back Carlos Hyde have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

Hyde, who turns 30 in September, scored six touchdowns and ran for a career-best 1,070 yards on 245 carries for the Houston Texans last season and played in all 16 games for the second time in his career.

However, he and fellow back Lamar Miller both hit free agency and the Texans went on to acquire David Johnson from the Arizona Cardinals in a blockbuster trade for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

The Texans acquired Hyde from the Kansas City Chiefs last year in a trade on cutdown day in exchange for offensive lineman Martinas Rankin. Houston made the move a week after Miller tore his ACL in Houston’s third preseason game.

Over the past three seasons, Hyde has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Texans.

He has 5,079 total yards and 35 total touchdowns in six seasons.

ESPN’s Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.

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Joe Flacco signs with New York Jets as Sam Darnold’s backup at QB

Joe Flacco is getting another shot in the NFL.

The former Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos quarterback and Super Bowl XLVII MVP signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Friday, his representation announced. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the contract is worth $1.5 million but could reach $4.5 million with incentives.

Flacco, 35, was released by the Broncos in March with a failed physical designation. He played in just eight games before he landed on injured reserve with a herniated disc. Denver opted to move on from Flacco and head into 2020 with Drew Lock, who went 4-1 in the final five games, as the team's starter.

Flacco underwent neck surgery last month but could be cleared before the start of the regular season in September, according to multiple reports. The 12-year veteran has not played in more than nine games since 2017.

In New York, Flacco will be reunited with general manager Joe Douglas, who was a scout for the Ravens in 2008, when the team drafted the quarterback out of Delaware in the first round.

The Jets now will have a veteran with extensive starting experience to serve behind starter Sam Darnold. New York drafted quarterback James Morgan in the fourth round of April's NFL draft and also re-signed David Fales.

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Reid: Mahomes gives edge on 4th-and-15 idea

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Andy Reid isn’t necessarily a fan of the NFL’s proposed rule that would allow teams to retain possession after a score by converting a 4th-and-15 instead of recovering an onside kick, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach wouldn’t be afraid to use the new option if it passes because of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“We’ve got a guy that can do 4th-and-15s,” Reid said Friday. “He’d give us an opportunity to do that.”

Under the proposed rule, put forth by the Philadelphia Eagles, a team would have the option for one offensive play from its 25-yard line rather than kicking off after a score. The team would need to gain at least 15 yards to retain possession.

Team owners will be asked to vote on rule proposals during a virtual meeting May 28. Owners rejected a similar proposal to this last year from the Denver Broncos, but the league did try it out during the 2019 Pro Bowl.

The Chiefs didn’t attempt to convert any fourth-down plays of 15 or more yards last season. But on third-down plays of 15 yards or longer, Mahomes was 12-of-16 for 255 yards and three touchdowns. On a third-and-15 during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV, Mahomes completed a 44-yard pass to Tyreek Hill.

Mahomes tweeted about the proposed rule this week and included a couple of smiley faced emojis, though each had a bead of sweat on its face.

Otherwise, Reid said he had mixed feelings about the rule, saying he wasn’t a fan of taking away from the special-teams component of the game.

“To keep the integrity of the game, you like that part of it,” Reid said. “Being an old guy, I’d probably stick with the integrity of the game as it sits right now, but I can also see where the other part can be exciting too.”

Information from ESPN’s Kevin Seifert was used in this report.

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You make the call: Fans can script Browns’ plays

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For all those times Cleveland Browns fans have complained that they could call better plays than the coach, now’s your chance.

As part of the All In Challenge, the Browns are offering the opportunity for two people to help script the first 15 offensive plays of a preseason game.

One winner will be determined via auction and the other from a raffle. Proceeds raise money for Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America during the coronavirus pandemic.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski will invite both winners to help him and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt script the 15 plays to open a preseason game. The winners, as well as a guest of the auction winner, will also be invited to a team dinner and team meeting the night before the game, run through the tunnel with the players and receive pregame sideline passes.

“Giving back is a core component of who we are as an organization,” Stefanski said in a statement. “With the global pandemic, it’s really important we step up when there are others in need. Just look around at the frontline workers, the health care workers. They’re stepping up right now, they’re working tirelessly, they’re working courageously and it’s really inspired our organization to join the All In Challenge.”

In addition, former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will be auctioning the chance for the winner and three guests to watch a regular-season game alongside him and celebrity chef Michael Symon in a private suite at FirstEnergy Stadium. Afterward, Symon will cook a customized meal for the group.

As of Friday afternoon, the All In Challenge had raised $45.7 million, according to its website.

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NFL teams receive list of proposed rule changes

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The NFL is making plans to experiment in the 2020 preseason with new officiating positions that would be similar to a sky judge.

The experiment would mirror proposals put forth by the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers to create a booth umpire and a senior technology advisor. Each official would have access to video and the ability either to make officiating calls or communicate to the referee based on what they see.

NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday, and team owners will be asked to vote on the proposals during a virtual meeting on May 28.

The booth umpire and technology advisor proposals were not endorsed by the competition committee, meaning they are unlikely to be approved as permanent rule changes. Instead, the committee recommended a preseason experiment.

Coaches have been lobbying for additional officiating help for several years, and the league is looking for new ways to improve officiating after its failed one-year experiment to pass interference reviews to replay in 2019.

Meanwhile, momentum is growing for another team-proposed rule change: an alternative to the onside kick put forth by the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead of kicking off after a score late in the fourth quarter, a team would have the option for one offensive play from its 25-yard line. It would need to gain at least 15 yards to retain possession.

Owners rejected a similar proposal last year from the Denver Broncos, but the league did try it out during the 2019 Pro Bowl.

Since the start of the 2018 season, when the league instituted new kickoff rules, the recovery rate on onside kicks has been 10.5%. It was 19.5% from 2001-2017, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The competition committee has endorsed two minor rule changes for owners to consider:

  • Expanding defenseless player protection to a returner who has secured possession but hasn’t had the opportunity to ward off impending contact

  • Closing a loophole that last season allowed the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, among others, to drain the clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock was running.

Also to be discussed will be making permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra-point attempt.

The Eagles had proposed restoring preseason and regular-season overtime to 15 minutes and to implement rules to minimize the impact of the overtime coin toss, but they have withdrawn the idea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Devonta Freeman: Seattle Seahawks offer running back one-year, $4m deal

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has a one-year, $4m (£3.27m) offer on the table from the Seattle Seahawks, according to reports.

The offer is said to have a base value of less than $3m (£2.45m), with the rest of the money available in incentives.

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Freeman, who turned 28 earlier this year, had three years and $21m (£17.21m) remaining on his contract when he was released by the Falcons on March 16, two years into a five-year deal.

A fourth-round pick by the Falcons in 2014 who was twice named to the Pro Bowl, Freeman posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015-16.

He rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns and caught 59 passes for 410 yards and four scores in 14 games in 2019. His career totals include 5,987 yards from scrimmage and 43 touchdowns.

The Seahawks have a full crew of running backs already under contract and are considered bringing back Marshawn Lynch, per reports.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf expresses ‘general concern’ after Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s video at barbershop

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger showed himself getting a beard trim at a barbershop, and the state's governor didn't think that was a good move in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf didn't address Roethlisberger's case specifically but expressed a "general concern."

"Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something that I think we ought to try to avoid," Wolf said at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday. "And when you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases."

Roethlisberger, who had elbow surgery in September, had vowed not to shave until he was able to throw a pass to a teammate. Monday's video was designed to show where he stood in his recovery. It included a scene in a barbershop.

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Barbershops and salons are among businesses that have been shut down nationwide in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"I don’t personally think that any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance," Wolf said. "I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”

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Conner: ‘It would be hard’ to leave Pittsburgh

Steelers running back James Conner is scheduled to be a free agent after this season and says it “would be hard” to play for another team because of how connected he is to the city of Pittsburgh.

“It would be hard, it would be hard to put another helmet on. Just because of everything and what this city means to me,” Conner said on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “The city I played my college ball in, the city I had my life saved in, became healthy. The city I got drafted to, and I want to be able to say the city I brought a championship to.

“It would be hard. I’m Pittsburgh through and through. But like I said, I’m big on my faith, so I’m always going to end up doing and being where I’m supposed to be at through the Lord’s guidance and direction. We’ll see. We’ll take it one day at a time; I’m staying in the moment.”

After a Pro Bowl season in 2018, when Conner rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns, he struggled in 2019, rushing for just 464 yards and 4 touchdowns as injuries contributed to his lack of production.

Before the draft, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he expects Conner to be healthy this season and return to a Pro Bowl level as the team’s starter.

While at the University of Pittsburgh, Conner overcame a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. The Steelers selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft.

The Steelers selected Maryland’s Anthony McFarland Jr. in the fourth round of last month’s draft. They also have 2019 fourth-round pick Benny Snell, who was second on the team with 426 rushing yards as a rookie, and 2018 fifth-round pick Jaylen Samuels on the depth chart.

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Nine NFL teams throughout history that deserve ‘The Last Dance’ treatment

"The Last Dance" – the 10-part documentary detailing the trials, tribulations and glory of Michael Jordan's dynastic Chicago Bulls – concluded its ratings bonanza run for ESPN on Sunday night.

Part of the series' popularity was surely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left sports fans ravenous for fresh content. However "The Last Dance" surely would have been a smash under normal circumstances given its rare access to Jordan while peeling back the layers of Bulls teams that retain a prominent position in popular culture and continue to be a measuring stick for NBA greatness, including the Golden State Warriors' recent powerhouses.

Such a docuseries format would, of course, be easily applicable to compelling teams in any other sport … which naturally got me thinking about NFL versions. Here are nine clubs – they all won to varying extents and, probably more importantly, each featured captivating "characters" – I'd love for NFL Films or ESPN's "30 for 30" franchise to do a deep dive on:

TAKEAWAYS: What we learned about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls from 'The Last Dance'

WINNERS, LOSERS OF 'THE LAST DANCE': Michael Jordan, Jerry Krause, Isiah Thomas and memes lead way

(Note: "The '85 Bears" has already been done by "30 for 30," hence that team's notable exclusion from this list.)

9. 1978 Oakland Raiders: This was the final season of coach John Madden's 10-year run with the Silver and Black, when they basically won 75% of their games and Super Bowl XI at a time when they were competing against Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain dynasty and Don Shula's Dolphins, among others. The book "Badasses" provides great insight into these renegade Raiders, but it would be even better to hear tales from those players, whose ranks have been sadly thinned by the losses of such colorful personalities as QB Ken "Snake" Stabler, CB Willie Brown, DE John Matuszak and LG Gene Upshaw.

8. 2011 Denver Broncos: Admittedly, these one-year wonders would likely require two episodes … max. But how delicious would it be to get the inside scoop on QB Tim Tebow's magic carpet ride, one that consistently left GM John Elway appearing like he was dealing with agita as the unorthodox southpaw led the .500 Broncos to the unlikeliest of AFC West crowns. Definitely going to need a few segments to break down the wild-card stunner of the defending AFC champion Steelers and their top-ranked defense … before Tebowmania was snuffed out 45-10 by the Patriots.

7. 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers: For half a decade, they sported one of the greatest sets of triplets in league history. QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown will likely wind up in the Hall of Fame, and RB Le'Veon Bell has time to polish his own Canton résumé.  But these "Killer B's" never reached a Super Bowl together, and the flameout in 2018 was spectacular. Unhappy with his franchise tag, Bell skipped the season. Big Ben led the league in passing yards (career-high 5,129) but was at loggerheads with Brown, who was benched for the regular-season finale even though the collapsing Steelers were still vying for a playoff spot. The "he said, he said" recollections could be … delightful.

6. 1990 New York Giants: Bill Parcells' initial retirement from coaching coincided with his team's narrow escape from the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl XXV. It was a masterful job by Parcells, who led this team to glory – Big Blue's path included a derailment of the San Francisco 49ers' three-peat bid – even after losing starting QB Phil Simms to a broken foot in Week 15. And with storytellers such as Parcells, Simms and Lawrence Taylor delving into this past, who wouldn't want to relive it?

5. 1999 Dallas Cowboys: It was the last time "America's Team" was underpinned by "The Triplets." And even though an 8-8 record was good enough for a wild-card spot, Dallas was waxed by the Minnesota Vikings in the playoff opener. A Week 5 spinal injury prematurely ended WR Michael Irvin's career. CB Deion Sanders bolted after the season, and concussions would force QB Troy Aikman to walk away following the 2000 campaign. Still, so much to explore with the NFL's dynasty of the 1990s, which was well chronicled in Jeff Pearlman's "Boys Will Be Boys."

4. 2007 Green Bay Packers: Brett Favre's sterling final season with the Pack was plenty memorable, a surprise run to the NFC title game summarily extinguished by one of his ill-advised interceptions in overtime as the Giants prevailed at Lambeau Field. But the real fireworks occurred in the subsequent months – when Favre retired, the franchise anointed Aaron Rodgers as his successor, Favre unretired and was controversially offloaded to the New York Jets. Plenty to "unpack" here, including the genesis of a cold war between Favre and Rodgers which took years to thaw.

3. 2017 Seattle Seahawks: The final time CB Richard Sherman, S Kam Chancellor and DL Michael Bennett would play for Seattle, it was effectively the "Legion of Boom's" swan song. And there are stories to be told, from the transition of a team that had been reliant on its defense to one that depended on QB Russell Wilson … not to mention latent feelings from the Seahawks' infamous Super Bowl XLIX loss to New England, one that aborted any dynastic aspirations in the Pacific Northwest. Sherman always teems with unvarnished honesty, but this truly becomes must-see TV if RB Marshawn Lynch opts to opine in any meaningful manner.

2. 2010 Indianapolis Colts: Whenever there might be an opportunity to tap into Peyton Manning's memory bank, you take it, right? This, of course, represents Peyton's final on-field ride in Indy, one that occurred after an unprecedented decade of success but ended ignominiously with a wild-card defeat at the hands of Mark Sanchez's Jets. It'd definitely be riveting to hear Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Pat McAfee – you'd hope Tony Dungy, Edgerrin James and others who were instrumental to building this powerhouse would also participate – regale us with stories about how Manning maniacally drove the Colts while simultaneously trying to keep things light in the locker room. Yet the Favre-esque aftermath in 2011, when Manning was still listed on the roster but unable to play while trying to cure his injured neck, would be just as engrossing – especially as the team cratered, laying the groundwork for Manning's inevitable departure and Andrew Luck's arrival. Definitely potential for docu-gold here.

1. 2019 New England Patriots: We're already wondering, right? The friction between coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft near the end of their epic 20-year run together had long been rumored. TB12 finally bolted to freedom (aka Tampa) after engineering a contractual escape hatch following this season and seems rejuvenated by his new challenge (and assortment of weapons, including old buddy Rob Gronkowski). Like Jordan's Bulls, might be a minute before Brady, Gronk, Belichick (would he?) et al. are truly willing to take viewers into this inner sanctum. But it'd certainly be worth any requisite wait.

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