NFL Notes: Titans ink safety Pollard to one-year deal

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NFL Notes: Titans ink safety Pollard to one-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard, the second safety the team has added in free agency this offseason.

The Titans announced the deal Thursday.

A seven-year veteran, Pollard spent the past two seasons with Baltimore. The 6-foot-1 Pollard also has played with Kansas City and Houston starting 85 of his 105 career games with nine interceptions, nine sacks, 10 forced fumbles and seven recovered fumbles (see full story).

Giants re-sign Carr as Manning's backup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants don't have to worry about finding a backup for quarterback Eli Manning.

On Thursday, they announced they have re-signed David Carr, who was a free agent. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has been Manning's backup in four of the last five seasons.

The backup role is somewhat ceremonial for the Giants. Manning has started 135 consecutive regular-season games, a run that started in the second half of the 2004 season.

Carr, who played in San Francisco in 2010, has played in 11 games for the Giants. He has completed 32 of 48 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns (see full story).

Chiefs' Albert signs franchise tender
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender.

The Chiefs announced that Albert signed his deal on Thursday, two weeks after placing the franchise tag on him. Albert will make $9.828 million if he plays under the one-year contract.

That is no sure thing, though. The Chiefs have spoken to his representatives about a long-term contract, and it's also possible that Kansas City will trade Albert in the coming weeks.

Albert is a former first-round pick who has locked down the left side of the Chiefs offensive line the past five seasons. He played all 16 games two years ago, but missed three games while dealing with back injuries.

Last year, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe did not sign his franchise tender until midway through the preseason (see full story).

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Tonight's Lineup: Peter Bourjos leading off, Tommy Joseph returns

Tonight's Lineup: Peter Bourjos leading off, Tommy Joseph returns

Going against Madison Bumgarner tonight — one of the best pitchers in the game — Pete Mackanin will throw out a new-look lineup to combat the power lefty. 

The red-hot Peter Bourjos will leadoff and play center, giving Odubel Herrera a night off. 

Ryan Howard, Cesar Hernandez and Cody Asche all will sit tonight after playing last night. 

Tommy Joseph returns to the lineup after sitting for the last two games. After a hot start to his MLB career, Joseph has slumped a bit in June, hitting just .216 for the month.

Andres Blanco takes over for Cesar Hernandez at second base. Blanco has impressed over the past week, hitting .320 with four of his eight hits going for extra-bases. 

Tyler Goeddel slides over to right field to make room for Jimmy Paredes in left. Since coming over from the Blue Jays, Paredes has hit just .225 with 11 strikeouts in 18 games. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Tommy Joseph 1B
4.  Maikel Franco 3B
5. Andres Blanco 2B
6. Cameron Rupp C
7. Jimmy Paredes LF
8. Tyler Goeddel RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson P

St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles earns summer league invite from Dallas Mavericks

St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles earns summer league invite from Dallas Mavericks

Undrafted St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles will play for the Dallas Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas, the university announced on Saturday. 

Miles averaged 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks last season as a senior. He shot 52.3 percent from the field and 88.8 percent from the line, making 142 of 160 attempts. Miles was named the 2015-16 Most Improved Player for the Atlantic 10 and Big 5. 

Miles worked out for the Sixers during the draft process. Last month he left the pre-draft combine in Chicago to attend his graduation in Philadelphia, and then returned to the Windy City after the ceremony. He earned a bachelor's in criminal justice. 

"Getting a degree, at the end of the day, is the most important thing," Miles said after his Sixers' workout. "I just wanted to do it for my mom. Walking across the stage and seeing the smile on her face was huge."

Miles' college teammate DeAndre Bembry was drafted 21st by the Hawks on Thursday.

Ron Hextall pleased with Flyers' draft after filling team need with 7 forwards

Ron Hextall pleased with Flyers' draft after filling team need with 7 forwards

BUFFALO, N.Y. — They came to the NHL draft with a simple mission: fortify themselves at the forward position.
 
And of that end, the Flyers seemed to succeed, taking seven forwards, two defensemen and one goalie during the two-day draft, which concluded Saturday.
 
General manager Ron Hextall moved one of his 11 total picks to 2017 in a late deal with the Islanders.
 
“We had a lot of picks, and sometimes you get a little too greedy on the day of the draft and you want to use your picks, and you forget about next year or the year after,” Hextall said. “Going into today, I wanted to move one or two. We have nine picks next year.”
 
Six of his seven forwards were taken Saturday. The team selected centerman German Rubtsov (22nd overall) during the first round Friday night.
 
“We’re happy,” Hextall said. “The needs we filled, moving into the draft, we knew we’d be heavy with forwards. We ended up that way.”
 
Here's Hextall's quick take on his nine picks from today:
 
Second round

36: Pascal Laberge, 6-1, 174. Center/wing. 18. Victoriaville (QMJHL).
Hextall: “Character, the grit, the will, he fit the bill. We see a kid who is potential top six forward. He has speed and skill. Good size.”

48: Carter Hart, 6-1, 180. Goalie.  Turns 18 in August. Everett (WHL).
Hextall: “We feel he has a good shot at being a No. 1 goaltender. Brady Robinson spent time with him the last couple weeks and was real impressed with his ability and work ethic. Most important, the mental part of it. Big part for a goaltender, and he seems to have everything in place.”
 
52: Wade Allison, 6-1, 205. Right wing. 18. Tri-City (USHL).
Hextall: “We didn’t expect him to be there. We zeroed in on some bigger bodies later in the draft not knowing if we’d get a kid like him. He’s got speed, got size, real good shot. Good intelligence. A good support player who can play up in your lineup.”

Third round
 
82: Carsen Twarynski, 6-2, 201. Left wing. 18. Calgary (WHL).
Hextall: “A prototypical power forward. We knew we needed to add some size and grit. Our guys to a man all liked him. Terrific character and work ethic with a nice set of skills, too. He’s not just a bottom-end guy.”

Fourth round

109: Connor Bunnaman, 6-0, 183. Center. 18. Kitchener (OHL).
Hextall: “We really like him. Good skill later. His feet need to come a little bit, which I can probably say about a few of these guys. Excited we got him where we did. Another guy who fell.”
 
120: from Arizona: traded to NYI for 4th round in 2017
 
Fifth round

139: Linus Högberg, 6-1, 183. Defense. 17. Växjö HC (SHL)
Hextall: “That’s our sleeper. He’s a guy we talked about through our meetings. His name kept popping up as a late guy. An undervalued and underrated guy. He’s our sleeper.”
 
Sixth round

169: Tanner Laczynski, 6-0, 174. Center. 19. Chicago (USHL).
Hextall: “Going to school, Ohio State, I believe. Again, a skill player and we got four years with him. As you saw, our emphasis was a little on skill and size and we feel we filled both with some of these kids.”
 
172: Anthony Salinitri, 5-11, 170. Center. 18. Sarnia (OHL).

Hextall: “Smaller guy but a skill forward. You try and hit on his skill. He has lots of ability and upside. Obviously, he is not the biggest guy. But to add some skill, we like him.”
 
Seventh round

199: David Bernhardt, 6-3, 203. Defense. 18. Djurgårdens IF J20 (SHL)
Hextall: “Decent-sized guy, good with the puck but a little inconsistent. Enough there though where you can grab onto.”